Computer Objective: Learners will be able to type a list, including the use of the enter and backspace keys. They will also be able to start a new word processing document, print, save, close and open a document.
Literacy Objective: Learners will be able to write a short grocery list. Materials: A computer with a word processing program, Lesson 4 - Handout 1, Word Processing Basics 1 and a flyer from a grocery store Introduction: A list is probably the simplest type of document for a new computer user to type. While attempting this simple task, learners can also start to become comfortable with all of the steps involved in managing a word processing document.
Procedure: Before starting this lesson, learners should have some familiarity with the keyboard. Hand out a copy of Lesson 4 - Handout 1 and have students label the keys. Discuss the purpose of these keys with them. Then, as a group, have learners run a Word Processing program and start a new document. Have learners suggest and type a few items for a grocery list. Then allow learners to add to the list on their own. Lower level learners could be given a grocery store flyer to copy from. Then, as a group, have learners save and close this document. Next, they should try to open it and add a few more items and then print the final copy.
Variation: Higher level learners could explore more of the keyboard using the website http://www.saide.org.za/COLOnline/skill/keyb/keyboard.htm. They could also be asked to type a more complicated list such as a list of things they would take with them to a deserted island or a "to do" list. If students are truly beginner computer users, try to stay away from multiple word items or items that require capital letters so that students can focus mostly on the document management skills.
Computer Objective: Learners will be comfortable with the shift keys, space bar and punctuation keys.
Literacy Objective: Learners will practice English punctuation rules.
Materials: A word processing program and one group of
sentences from Lesson 5
Introduction: The shift keys pose a particular problem for many learners. They often release the shift too quickly, which causes frustration. Learners also need practice with the space bar before they can use it effectively with the thumbs.
Procedure: Have the learners save a new Microsoft Word document. Give them one group of sentences, according to their level. Instruct them to type the sentences, adding capital letters where necessary, and putting in the proper punctuation. For higher levels, use the second group of sentences and ask them to add the spaces as well.
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