Word Processing Lesson Plan Ideas

by Lori Saltis

Basic word processing can be simple, but additional knowledge is needed to create a professional-looking document. Word processing lessons should teach students how to set up the page and format and style the text. If possible, students should have access to their own computer and be able to walk through the lessons with the instructor.

The Basics

Make sure your students understand the most basic operations of the software, such as open, save, save as, close, print, copy and paste. Walk them through the menu bar, giving an overview of the functions. Show them how to create a new document. Give them time to type a paragraph. Walk them through copying and pasting the text and naming and saving the document. If a printer is available, have them print their document. Save and close the document.

Page Layout

Create a new document. Have your students type a sample paragraph. Name and save the document. Explain the importance of a consistent page layout and that each page in a document should have a consistent style. In this lesson, show them how to set margins, insert page numbers, headers and footers, page breaks and section breaks with different first pages. Save and close the document.

Formatting

Create a new document, type sample text, name and save. Start by showing your students how to use the ruler to set tabs. Explain the different types of tabs. Explain paragraph justification: right, left, center and justified. Show them how to create indented paragraphs. Explain line and paragraph spacing. Walk them through each step with their sample text. Save and close the document.

Fonts and Styles

Create a new document, type sample text, name and save. Explain the font menu, including the different font types and sizes. Have your students create a heading for their sample text and give the heading a different font and size. Walk through the different text attributes such as bold and italic, and effects such as superscript and subscript. Show your students the pre-loaded styles and have them apply these styles to their headings and paragraphs. Save and close the document.

Bulleted Lists

Create a new document. Have your students type a list. Name and save the document. Show them the different list styles: bulleted, numbered and multi-level. Have them apply the different styles to their lists. Save and close the document.

Spell Check and Grammar

Create a new document. Have your students type sample text with intentional misspellings. Show them how to use the spell check feature. Explain how they can add words to the dictionary. Have your students type a sentence with deliberately bad grammar. Explain the grammar feature. Save and close the document.

About the Author

Lori Saltis has been writing professionally since 2009 for various websites. Her writing focuses on topics such as travel, arts and entertainment, and product and service reviews. Previously, she worked in graphic design. She received an Associate of Arts in business from West Valley College.

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