The Teen Tribune/Creating a Newspaper Publication in Microsoft Word

Author:Curriculum Area:Instructional TechnologySubject Area:M/J Introduction to ComputersState Benchmark:

  • Demonstrate awareness of computer systems, i.e., input, process, and
    output.
  • Identify the functions of basic computer hardware and software and
    peripheral devices.
  • Operate a computer for varied educational purposes.
  • LA.A.2.3.7 synthesize and separate collected information into useful components using a variety of techniques, such as source
    cards, note cards, spreadsheets, and outlines.
  • Demonstrate awareness of telecommunications concepts.
  • LA.D.2.3.4 understand how the multiple media tools of graphics,
    pictures, color, motion, and music can enhance
    communication in television, film, radio, and advertising.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the impact of technology on careers and
    society and the need for its ethical use.

    • LA.D.2.3.6 understand specific ways that mass media can potentially enhance or manipulate information.
    • SS.A.2.3.3 understand important technological developments and how they influenced human society.
  • Demonstrate awareness of personal and occupational uses of
    computers and other technology.

    • SC.H.3.3.7 know that computers speed up and extend people’s ability to collect, sort, and analyze data; prepare research reports; and share data and ideas with others.

 

Grade Level: MYP & 7th/8th Grade WheelLesson Title:The Teen Tribune/Creating a Newspaper Publication in Microsoft WordResources:Cevad’s Lesson Plan Blues
http://pjnicholson.com/mjcomapp/newspaper.htm
Learning Objective:

Students will:

  • research various websites with online short stories, compare several, and select one that would be considered recommended reading for the teen population. A summary of the story will be typed into a word document.
  • include prices in summary.
  • a URL of the short story is included in summary.
  • research various websites on Central Florida Theme Parks, compare several, and select one that would be considered recommended vacation plans for the teen population. A summary of the theme park will be typed into a word document.
  • Include prices in summary.
  • a URL of the theme park is included in summary.
  • Research various websites on current movie listings compare several, and select one that would be considered recommended reading for the teen population. A summary of the movie will be typed into a word document.
  • Include prices in summary.
  • a URL of the movie you recommended is included in summary.
  • insert three Clipart/Pictures for each side heading.
  • use the Picture Toolbar to format and align pictures/clipart.
  • Microsoft Article Formatted Into Newspaper Columns with Graphics and Charts Included:
    • Title Formatted 14 Point Times New Roman Bold and Centered Across Top (Not in Columns)
    • Body of Paper Formatted 11 Point Times New Roman
    • Three Side Headings with Bold Format (11 Point Times New Roman)
    • Paper Formatted Single Spacing
    • Tabs set at 0.2
    • Paper Formatted into Two Columns with Vertical Line Between Columns
    • Columns Formatted Full Justification
    • Drop Cap Used in First Paragraph
    • Student Name Included at the End of Document

Instructions:Students will follow the instructions provided at Cevad’s Lesson Plan Blues Website.Assessmenthttp://stemharmony.com/middle-school

To start your Table of Contents open Microsoft Word (Programs > All Programs > Microsoft Office > Word 2007.

Click the Office button in the top left corner of the document window Office Button and select new from the drop down menu. Select new blank document:

New Document

Save Your Work:

Click the Office button again Office Button and select Save As from the drop down menu and name your file Teen Tribune. See the information below on how you want to save your document.

Save As Options

Now you can begin gathering information to type in the document. Don’t worry at this point about font or style. You are just to begin a rough draft.

Make sure you save your document each time you close it to save new information you have entered. This will take several class periods.

The following websites provide needed information about the three areas you need to cover. Remember to present the information in an interesting way. You need to write to your target audience, teens your age. Keep in mind, these teens have confident that you have researched these areas and that the information you are providing is what you would recommend.

Recommended Teen Reading:

You will go to the following sites and review online short stories. Remember, you will be picking the best story for your target audience. Some sites include categories for both kids and teens. You need to select teen stories, the target reading audience of your paper. You will need to include information about the story so students will want to go online to read it for themselves. You are the expert, so review several stories in order to pick the best one for teen reading. Include the web address so readers can go online to read the story for themselves. To include the web address, click in the address bar of the story online, click Edit>Copy, then return to your word document, place your cursor where you want the address to be placed, then click Edit>Paste. While it will appear to be a link in the document, when the page is printed out, students will have to type the URL address in the Address bar in Internet Explorer.

Kids and Teen Online Stories

Newsline

Theme Park Choice:

You will go to the following web sites to look at theme parks that are located only a few hours away from your teen readers. While almost every teen knows about the Magic Kingdom, there are other theme parks that are overlooked because your audience might not know what these parks provide. Compare pricing packages, special events, and cool rides that each park has, then make a recommendation on all these components on where you think the teens would get the most bang for their buck. Provide ticket prices, family package deals, and special features that caused you to pick this particular theme park as the best teen vacation deal.

Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World, Epcot Center

Walt Disney World, MGM Studios

Walt Disney World, Animal Kingdom

Universal Studios Orlando

Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure

SeaWorld Orlando Adventure Park

SeaWorld Orlando’s Discovery Cove

Busch Gardens

Newsline

Teen Movie Review:

Take a look at the following site to review movies that are currently playing. It is your job to pick one or two of the movies and give a review for your readers. You will give them a brief description of your movie choice, as well as locations, times, and cost for admission for the movie showing in the Palm Beach area. Include information on matinee showings, giving the teen scene a choice of viewing options that are more affordable.

http://movies.yahoo.com/

Newsline

Creating a Newspaper Column in Microsoft Word

Delete Unnecessary Spaces and Returns:

Open your Teen Tribune. You may need to turn on nonprinting characters located on the Home Tab by clicking the nonprinting icon shown below (or press Shift + Ctrl + *):

Nonprinting Tab

Delete any unnecessary hard returns by clicking on them pressing the delete key.

Returns

Set Line Spacing to Single Spacing:

Select all your text in you document (Ctrl + A) and set line spacing to single space by opening the paragraph dialog box on the Page Layout tab by clicking the arrow shown below:

Open Paragraph Dialog Box

At the Paragraph dialog box with the Indents and Spacing tab set the spacing at 0 pt before and after and line spacing to single as shown below:

Single Space

Set Text in Document to Times New Roman 11:

Select all the text in your document, excluding your title, and set it to Times New Roman 11 Times New Roman 11.

Format Title Bold Times New Roman 14 & Include Three Side Headings:

If you have not included a title for your paper, do so now. It should appear at the top of your document centered. Place your cursor on a blank line above the body of your text and set your text to 14 Point Times New Roman Bold centered located on the Home tab.

Times New Roman 14

Also include side headings. Side headings should make your newspaper easier to read and more organized. It should describe what the paragraph is all about (Before the Storm, The Death Toll, Etc.). They should also be formatted to Bold Bold Times New Roman 11 Times New Roman 11.

Create Two Columns:

Word, create a two-column newsletter from the copied text. Be sure your title is not included within the columns. The title should appear centered across both columns in your newsletter, again not in the columns itself. To format the text into two newspaper columns follow the steps below:

Position the insertion point at the left margin of the first heading (the beginning of the body of the document-below the title).

Click the Page Layout Tab then then Click Columns and select more columns from the drop down list.

Columns

At the Columns dialog box click Two in the Presets section, place a check mark in the Line Between check box, and click This Point Forward at the Apply to drop-down list.

Columns

Click OK or press Enter.

Set Document Tabs to .02:

On the Page Layout tab click the paragraph arrow to open the Paragraph dialog box. Then click the Tabs button to open the Tabs dialog box.

Tabs

Reset the Tabs from .05 to .02.

Tab Reset

Click OK to set the Tabs to .02.

Fully Justify Text in Document

Select all the text in your document except the title.

On the home tab click the full justification alignment button Fully Justified.

Apply a Drop Cap to the First Paragraph

Position the insertion point anywhere in the first paragraph.

Click the Insert tab and select Drop Cap and select Dropped from the drop down list shown below:

Dropcap

Click OK.

Deselect the drop. (To do this with the mouse, click anywhere in the document screen outside the drop cap).

Insert Three ClipArt Picture That Go Along with Your Three Side Heading:

You will need to place a line break to create a space for your photo to appear. Place your cursor at the end of the paragraph where you want to place your picture and hit the enter key to place your cursor on a blank line below it::

Picture Placement.

With the Insert tab selected click on the ClipArt button:

Insert ClipArt

This open the ClipArt Task Pane. Type in a descriptive word for what you want to find in the Search for text box then click the Go button.

Clipart Taskpane

This populates a list of clipart images. Click once on the picture to place it on your page.

Clipart Images

Add Your Name At The End of Your Document

Scroll to the end of your document and add your name.

Name

Proofread and Spell Check:

On the top-left corner, click the Microsoft Office ButtonOffice Button . At the bottom of the menu, click Word Options.

Word Options

The Word Options dialog appears. Click Proofing.

From the Exceptions for menu, select the currently-open document name.

Proofing

Select or clear the Hide spelling errors in this document only and Hide grammar errors in this document only check boxes.

 Note   To turn on or off automatic spelling and grammar checking for all documents, select All New Documents.

Click OK.

Return to your document. When lines appear under words, right-click and make selections from the corrections menu.

Save the document with the name Newspaper Article. Check it over with your grading rubric then submit it for grading.

Horizontal Rule

Research various websites with online short stories, compare several, and select one that would be considered recommended reading for the teen population. A summary of the story will be typed into a word document.
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Prices are included in the summary.
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A URL of the short story is included in summary.
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Research various websites on Central Florida Theme Parks, compare several, and select one that would be considered recommended vacation plans for the teen population. A summary of the theme park will be typed into a word document.
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Prices are included in the summary.
10
A URL of the theme park is included in summary.
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Research various websites on movies playing in the Palm Beach Area, compare several, and select one that would be considered recommended viewing for the teen population. A summary of the movie will be typed into a word document.
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Prices are included in the summary.
10
A URL of the theme park is included in summary.
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Insert three Clipart/Pictures for each side heading.
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Use the Picture Toolbar to format and align pictures/clipart.
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Microsoft Article Formatted Into Newspaper Columns with Graphics and Charts Included:Title Formatted 14 Point Times New Roman Bold and Centered Across Top (Not in Columns)
Body of Paper Formatted 11 Point Times New Roman
Three Side Headings with Bold Format (11 Point Times New Roman)
Paper Formatted Single Spacing
Tabs set at 0.2
Paper Formatted into Two Columns with Vertical Line Between Columns
Columns Formatted Full Justification
Drop Cap Used in First Paragraph
Student Name Included at the End of Document
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