Teaching Word Processing Skills: Thanksgiving Edition

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Three fun and easy to use worksheets to teach students basic word processing skills.

My adult learners and ESL students often haven't had much experience using computers to type essays or do class projects. They don't know how to format text, make it double-spaced, align the title to the center, find and replace text, or sometimes even how to save a file. It's not their fault, but I grew frustrated having to edit essays that were double-spaced by hitting enter every other line!

So I devised these three worksheets to get my students from knowing nothing about word processors, to being able to type a perfectly formatted essay! And each one is hands-on, nitty gritty, students sitting at the computer, learning by doing. Build their confidence by letting them do it themselves!

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Mystery Message teaches typing skills, find-and-replace, deleting, and moving text. There’s also reflection questions to help students solidify what they have learned.

How to Use: Hand out the worksheet and have students follow the directions to edit a short message. If they do so accurately, the message should change from Thanks for teaching me word processing. It is awesome. Would you be my friend? to We should be thankful for our friends--just in time for Thanksgiving.

Funky Formatting Handout teaches bolding, underlining, italicizing, changing fonts, and changing alignment.

How to Use: Handout the worksheet and have students follow the directions. Then check that they did it correctly. If they did, they'll have a funk and funky messageon their screen. You can change the instructions to include review of grammar and vocabulary by adding directions such as: Underline the past tense ending on the verbs, Italicize the subjects of the sentences or Change the font of words that mean “go”.

What an Essay Looks Like Activity to practice formatting an essay, including double spacing, right-aligning your name and date and indenting paragraphs. Particularly for foreign students, it’s important for them to learn what the American formatting conventions are, as well as how to do it on a computer.

How to Use: Handout the formatted essay. Go over the requirements to make sure students know what they are. Then have students load the unformatted essay into their word processor window. Have them format the essay to match the same you handed out.

But Wait, There's More....I've also included an idea for a computer toolbar scavenger hunt and some of my favorite sites for students to practice and learn typing!

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Use these worksheets as is, or adapt the ideas for yourself. This is a gift that keeps on giving!
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Teaching Word Processing Skills: Thanksgiving Edition
Teaching Word Processing Skills: Thanksgiving Edition
Teaching Word Processing Skills: Thanksgiving Edition
Teaching Word Processing Skills: Thanksgiving Edition