The Word Processing Wizardry Unit includes 5 complete lesson plans. It is an excellent sequential set of lessons to specifically teach different skills in word processing programs such as alignment, tab, copy, paste, cut, keycodes, special effects with fonts, etc. The focus of the unit is technology use as a tool, not as a toy.
Although the lessons are written for use with Microsoft Word, Mac version 14.2.1, they are easily adjusted to work for any word processor of any version, PC or Mac, including online Google Docs.
The lessons can be given as a whole class-teacher directed lesson using a master/teacher computer projected on a screen or a transparency on an overhead. The teacher would have the students follow along step by step while the teacher is typing the lesson on the computer, or use a transparency on the overhead uncovering each line as the lesson progresses.
Students should have their own computer or laptop with which to work as this lesson does not work with partnering on a computer. It is important when learning specific computer skills that students are in control of their own computer.
(See my other product listings for the individual lessons for this unit which include instructional videos for use in "flipped" classrooms where the student can view the videos and work at his own pace. These are excellent for teachers that are a little uncomfortable teaching specific computer skills.)
Created by Mrs. Kateri Davis, Birdhouse Publications.