This unit includes 5 complete, sequential lesson plans that deal with teaching how to use drawing tools in word processing programs. It can be used in elementary and middle school grades, and even with older students and adults who are novices at the use of drawing tools.
Vocabulary words are included. A two part quiz (standard and performance) with answer key is provided. The focus of the unit is technology use as a tool, not as a toy, but the lessons are geared towards being creative while learning.
This unit teaches:
1. basic use of drawing tools
2. advanced use of shapes and lines
3. use of textboxes
4. cropping and removing backgrounds
5. "photoshopping" images
This unit is designed as a sequel to Word Processing Wizardry - Week One in which students learned about basic formatting and text manipulation, however WPW-Week Two can stand alone too.
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. Some differences in programs' drawing tools are addressed in the lessons.
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 part 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.
Created by Mrs. Kateri Davis, Birdhouse Publications.