Literacy Objective: 17-1: Learners will categorize a list of words according to parts of speech. 17-2: Learners will be able to organize a list of names in alphabetical order.
Materials: Word Processing 9 skill sheet, Lesson 17 – Handout 1, Lesson 17 – Handout 2 and computer file Handout17-2.doc.
Introduction: Tables can be used in many ways to categorize information. They are easy to set up, and eliminate the need to set tabs and/or columns. Before beginning this lesson ensure that learners are familiar with the following vocabulary: table, row, column, cell and headings.
Procedure: Be sure the learners are familiar with the procedure for creating a table. Have them practise by creating two or three tables with varying numbers of columns and rows. Show them how to move from cell to cell by using the Tab key. Be sure they understand that they shouldn’t hit the Enter key at the end of a row. Ask for examples of nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs to ensure that the learners know the difference. If not, a review of the parts of speech may be necessary before doing Handout 1. Give the learners Handout 1, and encourage them to write the words in the correct columns on their handouts before they attempt to do the table on the computer.
Next, provide learners with the Word document for Lesson 17 – Handout 2. This document can be downloaded from our website (www.nald.ca/connect.htm). Have learners make the editing and formatting changes listed in the instructions. Learners could do this as a group first without saving the changes and then try again on their own. Learners will need to have experience with alphabetical order before attempting Lesson 17 – Handout 2.
Literacy Objective: Learners will be able to choose and record appropriate information in a table format.
Materials: Word Processing 10 skill sheet, Lesson 18 – Handout 1.
Introduction: Learners should already be familiar with creating and formatting tables. Creating a table to record an inventory or list of resources is a practical application of these skills. A table such as this is often too wide for a normal page. As learners create a list of resources, they can practise using Page Setup to change the paper orientation, margins, and size.
Procedure: Explain the terms portrait and landscape and the reason to use a landscape orientation so there is more space for a table with many columns. Have learners change the margins to 0.5” so there is more space to enter information. Learners could also change the paper size if it is possible to print on legal size paper. Next, have learners create a table similar to the one in the handout. The purpose of the table is for learners to create a table of books or resources that could help them to practise English. Learners can print a copy of the blank table, use it to do the resource list manually and then enter it into their table on the computer. The research could be done at a library or bookstore or within the classroom depending on the program. Possible related activities could be alphabetical order, the Dewey Decimal system and searching for materials in a library.
Variation: This table exercise could be adapted to do an inventory of computer equipment in a classroom or an inventory of personal possessions for insurance purposes. The headings could include serial numbers, age and approximate value.
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