Lynn Allen
Texas
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Project:
  This is the first lesson in a four-part project consisting of:
(1) Brainstorming job ideas
(2) Job research for a job pamphlet
(3) Writing a job pamphlet
(4) Typing, reproducing, and distributing the job pamphlet

Subjects:
  General education development (GED)

Learner Level:
  This activity is planned for intermediate to advanced GED students.

Time Frame:
  1-4 hours

Learner Grouping:
  Individual, Small group, Whole class

Setting:
  This activity was done in a GED class that meets daily at an Adult Learning Center. Although this can be a group lesson, I am doing this lesson individually as new students come to the class. Any student who is studying for the Writing Skills section of the GED is encouraged to create her/his own pamphlet.

Email:
  Not available

Program:
  Bryan Adult Learning Center

Type of Program:
  ABE

Student Population Served:
  Basic skills (grade levels 5-8.9)

 
Typing, reproducing, and distributing the job pamphlet

Learners will use a word processing program to make a job pamphlet that is suitable for reproduction. __________________________________________________________

Learning Objective:
The learner will use a word processing program in order to create an occupation pamphlet that includes graphics.

Primary Skill:
Use information and communications technology

Secondary Skills:
Convey ideas in writing, Plan, Solve problems and make decisions

Learner Needs & Goals:
All of the GED students I encounter need to improve their writing skills. This lesson will help them write for a purpose. They will use the skills of organizing, pre-writing, and revising with a word processing program.

Learning Activity Description:
(1) Informally assesses the learners’ computer literacy either by observing them at work on the computer or by asking them about their previous computer experience.

(2) Each learner should be at a computer with a word processing program. However, if there are not enough computers for each individual, put learners in pairs or groups of three. Distribute a list of steps for setting up a three-column, two-page document for learners’ reference. Demonstrate how to set up the pamphlet and provide one-on-one help for beginners. After the demonstration, review the steps briefly.

(3) After the document is set up, the learners can type a copy of the information that was written in the previous lesson. If clipart is available, it can be used to enhance the look of the pamphlet with pictures, photos, borders, or fancy fonts. Demonstrate the use of the clip-art program as you did the word processing program.

(4) Show learners how to save the document to the disk and demonstrate how to print it. Copy centers can also print from the disk if you do not have a printer available.

(5) Have learners do a final check of spelling and other errors after printing a copy of the document. When the pamphlets are finished, determine how many copies you will need for your immediate class and future classes. Finally, have the pamphlets copied. You may want to pursue a photocopying donation from the local photocopy shop to cover the expenses.

(6) Depending on the copying store services, you may have to ask learners to fold the pamphlets. Learners are also responsible for distribution.

Materials and Resources:

  • A computer with a word processing program that allows columns and a variety of fonts
  • Clip-art software (optional)
  • Printer
  • Sample pamphlets from earlier lessons and student or teacher samples of the job pamphlet

Attachments:

Assessment:
(1) Have the learners orally review the steps in creating a document.

(2) Ask learners to compare their pamphlets to the commercially produced pamphlets. Have them brainstorm ways that their own pamphlets could be improved?

(3) Develop and use a rubric that includes the skills of organizing, pre-writing, revising, and using a word processing program in order to evaluate the learners’ products.

Reflection:
I have not done this activity in the classroom yet.

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