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Front Page News
Grade: 6-12
Subject(s): Writing
Required products: MultiMedia Lab V
Materials
  • MultiMedia Lab V
    Overview
    Students design the layout for and compose articles for the first page of a multimedia school newspaper.
    Instructions
    1) Open MultiMedia Lab V. In the opening dialog box, select "School" and then " School Magazine." Click on "Create a new school magazine"
    2) To view an example of a school newspaper (or magazine) front page, open the "Front Page News" application. Click on the moose to see an example of animation. Click on the "Grade "A" News" headline to see additional text. Move your mouse over the leaf to see an example of a mouse over event. Click on the balloon to see another image. Follow the directions on the button.
    3) Return to the student's new application. Clicking on any graphic, headline, etc. highlights it. Students can then delete each object and replace it with their own objects. Add images from the Gallery or from the hard drive, type in new headlines and the text of articles. Add any desired behaviors and/or animations to objects.
    4) Students edit and proofread the text of each article.
    5) Remind students to save their work.
    6) Click "Run" to test out the page.
    Follow-up Activities
    Continue adding pages to the school magazine or newspaper. See other lesson plans for ideas.
    Tutorials
  • Adding text and graphics
  • Changing the properties of text and graphics
  • Resizing objects
  • Assigning behaviors, animations, etc. to objects
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    Correlation
    Choose your standard:
    McREL Writing Standard 1: Uses the general skills and strategies of the writing process.

    Level 3, #3: Editing and Publishing: The student uses a variety of strategies to edit and publish written work (e.g. eliminates slang; edits for grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling at a developmentally appropriate level; proofreads using reference materials, word processor, and other resources; edits for clarity, word choice, and language usage; uses a word processor or other technology to publish written work).

    Level 4, # 3: Editing and Publishing: The student uses a variety of strategies to edit and publish written work ( e.g., uses a checklist to guide proofreading; edits for grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling at a developmentally appropriate level; refines selected pieces to publish for general and specific audiences; uses available technology, such as publishing software or graphics programs, to publish written work).