Desktop Publishing

Desktop publishing is using computer technology to create newsletters, brochures, etc. in order to communicate with others (whether that be other teachers, parents, students, or getting the students to communicate).


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Tech Rich Lesson Plan:

  • Design Principles/Desktop Publishing – Ye Olde London Times
  1. Students will create a newspaper article using the four design principles (CRAP).
  2. Students will find and cite information and a picture relevant to a theatrical event of the English Renaissance.
  3. Students will share their newspaper articles within groups of 4. Each student will read his/her articles out loud.
  4. Students will point out and label where they have used the four design principles.
  • Assessment: Students will be evaluated summatively by fulfilling the rubric requirements as well as sharing within their groups.
  • Sample:
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  • Rubric:

Newspaper : Ye Olde London Times
CATEGORY
4
3
2
1
Spelling and Proofreading
No spelling or grammar errors remain after one or more people (in addition to the typist) read and correct the newspaper.
No more than a couple of spelling or grammar errors remain after one or more people (in addition to the typist) read and correct the newspaper.
No more than 3 spelling or grammar errors remain after one or more people (in addition to the typist) read and correct the newspaper.
Several spelling or grammar errors remain in the final copy of the newspaper.
Graphics
Graphics are in focus, are well-cropped and are clearly related to the articles they accompany.
Graphics are in focus and are clearly related to the articles they accompany.
80-100% of the graphics are clearly related to the articles they accompany.
More than 20% of the graphics are not clearly related to the articles OR no graphics were used.
Knowledge Gained
All students in the group can accurately answer all questions related to a) stories in the newspaper and b) technical processes used to create the newspaper.
All students in the group can accurately answer most questions related to a) stories in the newspaper and b) technical processes used to create the newspaper.
Most students in the group can accurately answer most questions related to a) stories in the newspaper and b) technical processes used to create the newspaper.
Several students in the group appear to have little knowledge about the facts and the technical processes used for the newspaper.
Layout - Columns
Columns are neatly typed in the "justified" type style. There are adequate and consistent "gutters" between all columns and articles. A glance at the newspaper makes you think "professional."
Columns are neatly typed. There are adequate and consistent "gutters" between all columns and articles. A glance at the newspaper makes you think " fairly professional."
Columns are typed. There are adequate "gutters" between most columns and articles. It is easy to read, but looks somewhat nonprofessional.
Columns are not neatly typed and/or "gutters" are not adequate, so newspaper is somewhat difficult to read.
Layout - Headlines & Captions
All articles have headlines that capture the reader's attention and accurately describe the content. All articles have a byline. All graphics have captions that adequately describe the people and action in the graphic.
All articles have headlines that accurately describe the content. All articles have a byline. All graphics have captions.
Most articles have headlines that accurately describe the content. All articles have a byline. Most graphics have captions.
Articles are missing bylines OR many articles do not have adequate headlines OR many graphics do not have captions.


  • Desktop Publishing – Theatre Promotion Brochure
  1. Students will create a 3-fold brochure using the four design principles (CRAP).
  2. Students will find and cite information and pictures relevant to the English theatre they are researching.
  3. Students will share their brochures with the class. Each student will try to promote his/her brochure as if they were trying to get the other students to attend a show at their theatre.
  4. Students will point out and label where they have used the four design principles upon turning in their brochures.
  • Assessment: Students will be evaluated summatively by fulfilling the rubric requirements as well as sharing within their groups.
  • Sample:
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  • Rubric:
    Making A Brochure : Theatre Promotion Brochure
CATEGORY
4
3
2
1
Content - Accuracy
All facts in the brochure are accurate.
99-90% of the facts in the brochure are accurate.
89-80% of the facts in the brochure are accurate.
Fewer than 80% of the facts in the brochure are accurate.
Attractiveness & Organization
The brochure has exceptionally attractive formatting and well-organized information.
The brochure has attractive formatting and well-organized information.
The brochure has well-organized information.
The brochure's formatting and organization of material are confusing to the reader.
Spelling & Proofreading
No spelling errors remain after one person other than the typist reads and corrects the brochure.
No more than 1 spelling error remains after one person other than the typist reads and corrects the brochure.
No more than 3 spelling errors remain after one person other than the typist reads and corrects the brochure.
Several spelling errors in the brochure.
Writing - Vocabulary
The authors correctly use several new words and define words unfamiliar to the reader.
The authors correctly use a few new words and define words unfamiliar to the reader.
The authors try to use some new vocabulary, but may use 1-2 words incorrectly.
The authors do not incorporate new vocabulary.
Sources
Careful and accurate records are kept to document the source of 95-100% of the facts and graphics in the brochure.
Careful and accurate records are kept to document the source of 94-85% of the facts and graphics in the brochure.
Careful and accurate records are kept to document the source of 84-75% of the facts and graphics in the brochure.
Sources are not documented accurately or are not kept on many facts and graphics.



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