Elementary and middle school students assume the role of an editor. They improve the quality of a document to prepare it for publication. Using Google Docs or Microsoft Word, they learn essential word processing skills that allow them to edit a collection of tales written for children. An exploration of text, graphic, and page layout formatting techniques allow them to revise stories, comics, and poetry.
WORD PROCESSING ACTIVITIES FOR BEGINNERS: Designed especially for elementary and middle schools, lessons introduce word processing with fun activities.
DEVELOP EXPERTISE: Templates support learners as they master text, picture, and page layout formatting techniques in either Microsoft Word or Google Docs.
HELPFUL RESOURCES: TechnoEditor includes a digital Teacher Guide and Student Workbook with easy to follow instructions. Worksheets may be printed or used in PDF format. Assessment tools include marking sheets, quizzes, and a skill checklist.
HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES: Assignments support exploration, discovery, and experimentation. Students gain confidence as they create content for a book. When the story is completed, they share it with a younger student.
Session 1: Edit the Front Cover
Format text on the title page of A Collection of Stories Written for Children.
Session 2: Edit a Poem
Apply your formatting skills to make words look like their meaning.
Session 3: Edit a Story
Illustrate a story by formatting images, text wrap, object order, and grouping.
Session 4: Edit a Comic
Explore drawing tools including lines, shapes, and word art.
Session 5: Cut, Copy, and Paste
Edit a story using Cut, Copy, and Paste tools.
Session 6: Final Edit
Check spelling and grammar, edit page layout, and print!
Optional Word Processing Lesson Plans
Get Help: Gain independence using tools.
Make a Name Card: Apply text formatting.
The Lion: Use a template to practice new techniques.
The Dragon: Practice adding images to a template.
Get Creative with Word Art: Learn advanced skills.
Balloon Trouble: Illustrate a comic.
Teach Essential Word Processing Skills
Integrate technology into a language arts writing unit. Develop advanced word processing skills using Microsoft Word or Google Docs lessons.
Revise a publication to improve content and layout
Format text to communicate a message effectively
Organize text in a list using bullets or numbering
Produce a comic strip by combining images and text
Format lines, shapes, and word art
Illustrate story events using images
Apply text wrapping and a picture style to images
Use cut, copy, and paste to edit a story
Proofread and correct writing based on guidelines
Publish a book using technology