Microsoft Word Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to guide your instruction on how to use Microsoft Word. With it, students will read a lesson that steps them through the basic components of Microsoft Word, pausing to apply concepts, then finish up by creating and saving a new document.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the components of Microsoft Word
  • create and successfully save a Microsoft Word document


1 hour


Key Vocabulary

  • New document
  • File
  • Style
  • Home
  • Insert
  • Design
  • Page layout
  • References
  • Mailing
  • Review
  • View
  • Print layout
  • Read mode
  • Web layout

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.3

Follow precisely a multi-step procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.


  • Engage students with the topic by asking them to open Microsoft Word and allowing them to navigate freely for three minutes. At the end of this time, ask them to share experiences, questions, and comments.
  • Tell students they will be learning to use this program, then ask them to consider why learning to use Microsoft Word will be a benefit to them. Share answers, then display or distribute copies of the lesson Basic Guide to Microsoft Word: Toolbars & Document Views.
  • Read the first section 'Microsoft Word' together with students. Have them open a New Document.
  • Now read the section 'Microsoft Word Menus' together. Have students preview the menus briefly by running their mouse across each but not opening any options under. Preview and predict what each tab does.
  • Read the remainder of the lesson with students, exploring each component as the lesson guides. Discuss features and allow students to ask questions, but instruct them to refrain from going further than exploration for now.
  • Ask - Which feature will you use to:
    • Determine margins?
    • Create page borders?
    • Check spelling?
    • Add a table of contents?
    • Preview the document?
  • When students have a solid feel for the program, read the 'Lesson Summary' together. Answer any remaining questions.

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