Kandi has degrees in Communications, Human Services, Education and Computer Science. She is a Business, Marketing, and Technology instructor with a Master's degree in Education.
Students will be able to do the following:
- Develop computer literacy skills by creating a document using word processing software
- Recognize common uses of specific formatting
- Apply formatting appropriately to a variety of documents
Length of Lesson
1 to 2 hours
Pose and respond to specific questions with elaboration and detail by making comments that contribute to the topic, text, or issue under discussion.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.
- word processing software
- font color
- highlight color
- text style
- font size
- paint format
- paragraph spacing
- Handouts with common formatting icons, associated names, and function
- A well-formatted document and one that is not well-formatted
- List of potential documents to create (e.g., movie poster, missing pet flier, invitation, short story, letter, pamphlet)
- Access to computers with word processing software (Microsoft Word, Google Docs)
- Printer (if digital sharing is unavailable)
- Begin class with discussion about your ESL students' experiences using computers and word processing software:
- What is word processing software?
- Which programs, if any, have you used before?
- What types of documents can you make?
- What are some benefits to using this software instead of handwriting a document?
- Distribute handouts with common formatting icons and their descriptions.
- Show students the well-formatted and poorly formatted samples, and get feedback. Ask students to refer to their formatting handout to use the proper vocabulary to discuss the document.
- Which do you like and why?
- What formatting made this look good/bad?
- Would you use different formatting for different types of documents? Explain.
- Have your ESL students create a document using word processing software, such as one of the following:
- Create a movie poster
- Make a missing pet flier
- Develop a special occasion invitation
- Write a short story
- Write a letter
- Create a pamphlet
- Ask students to move to another student's computer (or digitally share) their document.
- Have students critique one another's documents, looking for spelling, grammar, and formatting problems.
- Direct students to use software specific editing tools (comments, suggestion mode, track changes) to suggest changes for the problems they see.
- Have students return to their own documents to view suggestions.
- Allow students time to make changes to their documents and print (share) a final copy.
- Ask students to present their projects to the class and explain why they used certain formatting or why they changed certain things and why.
Have your ESL students use the Translate feature of the word processing software to see their document in their native language. Discuss if any changes would be needed and why.
- Is it important to know how to use word processing software? Why or why not?
- Do you think formatting can make your document better? How?
- What is your favorite formatting tool? Why?
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