Gutenberg Exchange Lesson Three: More Word Processing
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Computer Literacy Objectives: In this lesson you will learn
how to use special print effects (boldface, itallics,
font size) and how to use a spell checker. You will also learn
a simple multi-tasking operation.
Writing Objectives: You will learn four basic sentence patterns (BSPs)
which provide the basis for the more advanced sentence structures you
will be learning in a couple lessons. You will also learn how to
transform active voice sentences into passive voice sentences.
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- Review Lesson Two, and return to this page.
- Go to, and print off, Basic Sentence Patterns
and Passive Voice. If you have forgotten how to do these things,
review lessons one and two or ask a classmate for help.
- Without closing Netscape, go to your word processing package and
open it. Your teacher will have to tell you how to do this because the
operation varies with the lab you are in. Keep this page open in
Netscape so you can come back to it for instructions.
- Even though this operation is different in different labs, multi-tasking
is running two or more programs at once in a Windows environment. For instance,
on an IBM-compatible computer running windows, you would place the
cursor at the down arrow in the upper right hand corner of the Netscape
screen and click on it. Doing this takes Netscape off the screen but
does not shut it down. Then you can open your word processing package.
In an IBM environment, you can then toggle back and forth between the two
programs by holding down the "Alt" key and tapping the "Tab" key.
- Using your word processor, open a new file, and
imitate the Basic Sentence Pattern and Passive Voice sheet.
- Make sure the formatting (page layout, centering, bolding,
italics, font size, etc.) is exactly like the original.
If the page prints little squares at the beginning of lines,
you may substitute bullets (round dots at the beginning of
lines). Your word processor has
nearly self-explanatory buttons that turn functions on and off. Ask
your teacher or a classmate for help if you don't know how to produce
one of the effects.
- Substitute your own sentences for the sample sentences, making sure
that they follow the basic sentence pattern they are supposed to
exemplify. For instance, for BSP1 (basic sentence pattern one), replace
"Constance sighed." with a sentence like it, but use your own words,
something like, "Bill telephoned."
- When the page is finished, have a classmate check both the formatting
and the sentence structure.
- Print your page, sign your name at the bottom, and hand it in.
- Close your word processor; close Netscape; log off.
- You need to have your E-mail account activated for the
next lesson. Ask your teacher how you do that.