Computer Objective: Learners will be able to check spelling in a document using the Spelling Tool.
Literacy Objective: Learners will be able to pick the correct word out of a list and find errors that the Spelling Tool does not catch.
Materials: Word Processing 3 skill sheet, Lesson 8 - Handout 1 and the computer file 5-2Handout8-1.doc.
Introduction: The Spelling Tool is invaluable to anyone who is typing a text of any length. However, if this tool is not used correctly, a text can end up with more errors than it started with. In the process of mastering the Spelling Tool, learners will also get spelling and reading practice.
Procedure: Learners should be familiar with the Spelling Tool. They should understand that it will not recognize some proper nouns even when they are spelled correctly. They should also understand that the Spelling Tool will not catch an incorrect wordfor example, a homonymif it is spelled correctly. Give the learners the Word Processing 3 skill sheet for reference. Give the learners access to computer file, 5-1Handout8-1.doc, and a photocopy of the handout to keep track of their corrections. Do the exercise together as a class. An In-Focus or overhead projector would be helpful. More advanced learners who have used the Spelling Tool before could do the exercise on their own. If someone clicks on Ignore by mistake, the Spelling Tool wont recognize these mistakes again unless you tell Word to Recheck the document. To do this, select Tools, Options, Spelling and Grammar and click on Recheck Document.
Computer Objective: Learners will be able to type a chart using the Tab key.
Literacy Objective: Learners will be able to read and write a simple schedule.
Materials: Access to the Internet, Lesson 9 Handout 1 and Lesson 9 - Handout 2.
Introduction: Learners had an introduction to the Tab key when they typed paragraphs in Lesson 7. In Lesson 9, they will learn how to use the Tab key to type a chart. We have chosen to focus on personal and bus schedules. Ensure that learners are familiar with vocabulary such as schedule, chart, column and row. Learners attempting the bus schedule should have experience using 24 hour time. They should also be fairly familiar with the Internet and the following Canadian city names: Victoria, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Toronto, and Ottawa.
Procedure: Have lower level learners write a personal schedule in Lesson 9 - Handout 1. Draw attention to the fact that all items in the second column should be lined up. Next, show learners how to type their personal schedule using the Tab key, NOT the spacebar, to get to the second column. More advanced learners can type a schedule for a bus trip across Canada. Provide learners with the Lesson 9 Handout 2. Instruct them to go to the Greyhound website, www.greyhound.ca, and use the search tool to fill in the schedule on the handout. Finally, learners can type their schedule in a word processing program.
Computer Objective: Learners will be able to type a friendly letter with the correct spacing.
Literacy Objective: Learners will be able to write a simple thank-you letter.
Materials: Lesson 10 - Handout 1 and a slip of paper for each student with an event and a gift written on it.
Introduction: Typing a friendly letter is a great next step for learners after they have mastered typing short paragraphs. In this lesson, we have chosen to focus on friendly letters, specifically a thank-you. Some students will need practice writing addresses before attempting a letter.
Procedure: Show learners the sample thank-you letter contained in Lesson 10 Handout 1. Review the parts of the letter: address, date, greeting, body and closing. Discuss the spacing of the letter as well. Give each student a slip of paper with an event and a gift written on it. Ask them to write a thank-you letter to a friend thanking them for this gift.
Variation: Lower level students should be given time to write and edit their letter on paper before attempting to type the letter on the computer.
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