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Word Processing Can Be Lots of Font!
A fun poem activity helps reinforce basic word processing skills.
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Brainstorm with students a list of functions their word processing program can perform. They should include on the list typing, saving, and printing text; deleting, inserting, and changing text; copying and pasting text; and so on. Invite students to explore Basic Computer and Word Processing Functions to learn the functions of various tools in their word processing program and to learn the keys and menus they should use to access those functions.
Note: The part of this lesson described above might be completed with students gathered around a single classroom computer, with a projected image of the Web site as the whole class explores it together, with students working at individual computers in a lab setting, or with students working individually at a learning center computer.
Next, introduce a poem to students. If you are a frequent Internet surfer an e-mailer, you have probably seen this poem before. You might have seen it under the title "Ode to a Spellchecker. The poem begins like this:
I have a spelling checker.
It came with my PC.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot see.
You can share the entire poem with students by clicking here. (With luck, you should see in their faces the recognition that this poem was written with tongue in cheek!) Talk with students about a handful of the obvious errors.
Next, hand out the What Font! work sheet and have students follow the directions on it. The activity involves students in practicing many of the word processing skills they have learned.
Students will correctly complete all the steps on the What Font! work sheet.
Note: Directions may vary slightly for Mac users.
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