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School District:Miller
Unit of Study Title:Create Your House Using Word Draw Toolbar
Grade Level:9-12
Time Frame:This lesson will take approximately a two-week time period.
Key Words:Toolbar, digital camera, scanner, front page, Adobe
Unit Designer:Barb Kludt
Unit Designer
Date Added:6/11/2002 8:07:31 PM
Date Last Revised:6/11/2002 8:16:48 PM
Topic Area:Communications/Language Arts
Peer Reviewer:Sena Rombough
Peer Reviewer

Brief Summary of Unit: The challenge for the students is to create a house that depicts an accurate picture of their home. The sequence is listed below:

1. Students will use a digital camera to capture a picture of their home so they can create a more accurate replica in their own drawing.
2. Using previously taught skills, the students will learn through further exploration new options available in the Word program (draw toolbar) by creating their own home.
3. They will then print off their completed project on a color printer. This printing occurs because usually the students use a black and white printer. It is a real treat for them to use my color printer and also gives them a good opportunity to practice scanning.
4. The completed, printed product then will be scanned. This gives students additional practice scanning.
5. The students will learn Adobe software features. They will learn to convert/save their pictures to a jpeg or bitmap file as well as crop and size features only to name a few.
6. The project will then we placed on the web along with their digital photograph for comparison. The students will be given numbers for linking. Our school does not allow the use of student names.
Students will Understand: Students will learn the importance of sharing ideas, responsibility, and understanding completion of a project involves breaking it into parts. Students will learn human relation skills while working and sharing ideas with their peers.

Link to Standards #1

Communications/Language Arts
Students will use critical listening and viewing skills in various situations and for a variety of purposes.

Indicator:None Listed
Benchmark(s):None Listed
Other Content Standards:None Listed

Other Components
Essential Questions to Guide this Unit and Focus Teaching and Learning: Students will be actively engaged in learning the use of the digital camera, draw toolbar in Word, scanner, converting files, and web design. Students will work on their project mainly in the computer lab except for the digital photography
Key Knowledge and Skills Students will Acquire: 1. Students will use digital cameras to take photos of their homes. Students will learn that photos can be retouched and changed to take away flaws and blemished, resized, cropped, and converted to various forms.
2. Students will learn that the draw toolbar gives them the ability to create 3-D effects, multicolored gradient fills, textured fills, transparent fills, AutoShapes, and shadows. Students will learn they can create graphically rich documents without being a professional artist.
3. Student will use scanners to scan their completed projects giving them additional practice scanning. This gives them an opportunity to experiment/explore Adobe photo software features.
4. Students will learn how to import their digital photo and personal design product and post those two projects onto a web page.
Assessment Plan: Student progress will be monitored by the classroom teacher through observation, use of rubrics, timelines and pre and post surveys posted on the web.

Students will be graded on the basis of their completed projects. They will be given a rubric spelling out what is expected of them in each of the technology disciplines.
Evaluation criteria will include timeliness, creativity, thoroughness, and neatness.

A presurvey and postsurvey will be given using the web page to determine the skills the students acquired during each technology activity. (This is a skill their instructor learned at TTLA)
Learning Activities: Use of digital camera
downloading photo to Adobe
Retouch, resize, crop and convert photo to jpeg or bitmap
Draw toolbar - create 3-D effect, multicolored gradient fills, textued fills, transparent fills, AutoShapes, shadows
Scanners - more practice by scanning to Adobe
Front page - placing their digital photograph and draw project to the Web
Notes:The instructor is the facilitator. Students learn through exploration and use of Mr. Help or the Office Assistant. If a student has difficulty and no other student can assist, then the facilitator assists them. That student then become the resident Expert and assists the next student. Then the assisted student become the Resident Expert and so on down the line. This reinforces the learning, through teaching their peers. (Our motto: To teach is to learn twice.)
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Adapted from the the work of Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins. Understanding by
Design. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Alexandria, VA. 1998.

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