The Teen Tribune/Creating a Newspaper Publication in Microsoft Word
Author: Patricia Janann Nicholson
Curriculum Area: Instructional Technology
Subject Area: M/J Introduction to Computers
Sunshine State Standard Benchmark:
  • Demonstrate awareness of computer systems, i.e., input, process, and
    output.
  • Identify the functions of basic computer hardware and software and
    peripheral devices.
  • Operate a computer for varied educational purposes.
    • LA.A.2.3.7 synthesize and separate collected information into useful components using a variety of techniques, such as source
      cards, note cards, spreadsheets, and outlines.
  • Demonstrate awareness of telecommunications concepts.
    • LA.D.2.3.4 understand how the multiple media tools of graphics,
      pictures, color, motion, and music can enhance
      communication in television, film, radio, and advertising.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the impact of technology on careers and
    society and the need for its ethical use.
    • LA.D.2.3.6 understand specific ways that mass media can potentially enhance or manipulate information.
    • SS.A.2.3.3 understand important technological developments and how they influenced human society.
  • Demonstrate awareness of personal and occupational uses of
    computers and other technology.
    • SC.H.3.3.7 know that computers speed up and extend people’s ability to collect, sort, and analyze data; prepare research reports; and share data and ideas with others.

 

Grade Level: 7th MYP & 7th/8th Grade Wheel
Lesson Title: The Teen Tribune/Creating a Newspaper Publication in Microsoft Word
Resources: Nicholson's Lesson Plan Blues
http://pjnicholson.com/mjcomapp/newspaper.htm
Learning Objective:

Students will:

  • research various websites with online short stories, compare several, and select one that would be considered recommended reading for the teen population. A summary of the story will be typed into a word document.
  • include prices in summary.
  • a URL of the short story is included in summary.
  • research various websites on Central Florida Theme Parks, compare several, and select one that would be considered recommended vacation plans for the teen population. A summary of the theme park will be typed into a word document.
  • Include prices in summary.
  • a URL of the theme park is included in summary.
  • Research various websites on current movie listings in Palm Beach County, compare several, and select one that would be considered recommended reading for the teen population. A summary of the movie will be typed into a word document.
  • Include prices in summary.
  • a URL of the movie you recommended is included in summary.
  • insert three Clipart/Pictures for each side heading.
  • use the Picture Toolbar to format and align pictures/clipart.
  • Microsoft Article Formatted Into Newspaper Columns with Graphics and Charts Included:
    • Title Formatted 14 Point Times New Roman Bold and Centered Across Top (Not in Columns)
    • Body of Paper Formatted 11 Point Times New Roman
    • Three Side Headings with Bold Format (11 Point Times New Roman)
    • Paper Formatted Single Spacing
    • Tabs set at 0.2
    • Paper Formatted into Two Columns with Vertical Line Between Columns
    • Columns Formatted Full Justification
    • Drop Cap Used in First Paragraph
    • Student Name Included at the End of Document
Instructions: Students will follow the instructions provided at Nicholson's Lesson Plan Blues Website.
Assessment http://pjnicholson.com/mjcomapp/lp/tribunerubric.htm