Item Number: INT-NEWSLETTER
FUN WORD PROCESSING FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL: Kindle student interest. Create a newsletter for a target audience. Learn advanced skills – reference sources with footnotes, add headers, footers, numbering and page breaks, change layout, adjust spacing, use tables to organize information, and lots more!
INTEGRATE TECHNOLOGY WITH PROJECT-BASED LESSONS: Construct a professional-looking newsletter based on a fan club, environmental issue, social science topic, school events, novel study, or any curriculum theme. Blend STEM skills using any subject area or personal interest.
GOOGLE DOCS OR MICROSOFT WORD: Pick the version to fit the software in your school. Then print, PDF, and/or share the publication electronically.
STANDARDS-BASED CURRICULUM: All TechnoKids projects are aligned with both Common Core and International Society of Technology Education standards. Identify and track benchmarks easily using TechnoKids correlation documents.
SCAFFOLDED LEARNING: Students begin by critically examining sample newsletters, then formulate a plan using guided questions. Newsletter contents include an article sharing personal insights, a word search, and an opinion article to defend a viewpoint.
Technology Integration: History, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Technology Skill: Word Processing
Program: Microsoft Office, Word, Google, Google Docs, Office Online, Word Online
Assignment 1: FANtastic Newsletter
Study sample newsletters to learn about the content. Brainstorm topics for a fan club.
Assignment 2: Start a Fan Club
Propose ideas for a fan club newsletter. Formulate a plan using guiding questions.
Assignment 3: Create the Front Cover - Phase 1
Begin a newsletter cover. Format the title and arrange article names in a bulleted list.
Assignment 4: Create the Front Cover - Phase 2
Enhance the cover by inserting a picture and hyperlink. Lay out the content to fit on one page.
Assignment 5: Top 5 List
Share insights in an article that will grab fan’s attention. Arrange text using a numbered list.
Assignment 6: Design a Word Search
Construct a word search of topic-related terminology using a table to position content.
Assignment 7: Make a Word Search Answer Key
Reconstruct content by copying a table and filling cells to form a word search answer key.
Assignment 8: Organize Ideas for Opinion Article
Defend a viewpoint. Establish arguments with evidence for an article that will sway opinion.
Assignment 9: Share Your Opinion
Express a point of view using supporting quotes. Reference quotes using footnotes.
Assignment 10: Complete the Newsletter
Prepare the newsletter for publication by inserting page numbers, headers, and footers.
Assignment 11: Share Newsletter with Readers
Publish the newsletter in print or digital form. Distribute to fans.
Optional Google Docs or Microsoft Word Lesson Plans
- Picture Workshop: Explore methods to insert images.
- Create a Collage: Create a collage using Windows Photo Gallery or an online service.
- Keep Writing: 15 additional article ideas.
- Commenting Activity: Share with fans.
- Insert Quotes: Use the Research Tool to insert a quote and footnote. *Google Docs only
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