Gutenberg Exchange Lesson Five: Copy and Paste
Computer Literacy Objectives: In this lesson, you will learn how to copy material from one program and paste it to another program.

Writing Objectives: You will learn how to identify and construct subordinate clauses.


  1. Review E-mail and Bound Modifiers.
  2. Go to An Introduction to Subordinate Clauses. Study it carefully.
  3. Go to Gould's Dinosaur in a Haystack. You will need to go back and forth between this page and that one to get the instructions, so remember to use the "go" prompt at the top of the Netscape page or the "back" button.
  4. Copy and paste the fifth paragraph in this text to a new wordprocessing file. Here's how you do that.
    • Scroll down the text of Gould's chapter to about the fifth paragraph. It begins with "When."
    • Place the cursor at the beginning of that paragraph; click the left button on the mouse; and, while continuing to hold it down, drag the cursor down and to the right until you have highlighted as much of that paragraph as you can.
    • Let go of the button (the text should still be highlighted), and move the cursor to the "Edit" prompt in the upper left hand portion of the Netscape screen. Click on it and select the "copy" option. When you do that, the highlighted text is transferred to the clipboard.
    • Toggle to your wordprocessing package, click on the "Edit" prompt, and select the "paste" option. When you do that, the text on the clipboard is moved to your wordprocessor.
    • Go back to the paragraph by Gould in Netscape, and highlight the remainder of the paragraph you were copying (if you didn't get it all). Transfer it first to the clipboard and then to the wordprocessing file.
    • The text in the wordprocessing file will probably look disjointed. That is because there are hard returns at the ends of the lines and several spaces after them. Re-align the text by placing the cursor at the end of each line and pressing the "Delete" key until the line the text on the following line joins the text on that line. Go through the whole paragraph doing this until it looks like a real paragraph.
  5. Read through the paragraph and identify the three sentences that have subordinate clauses in them. Italicize those sentences. Then boldface the subordinate clauses within each of those sentences.
  6. Go to the top of your word processing document, and press the Enter key to make space at the top. Type your name and section number at the top.
  7. Save your file to disk, print it, and hand it in. If you have time for the next step, leave the text on screen; otherwise, shut down the open programs and log off.
  8. ADVANCED MOVE. If you have time, telnet to your E-mail account and begin to compose a message to your teacher. Toggle to your wordprocessed document, highlight the first sentence with a subordinate clause, copy it and paste it into your E-mail message. (Some telnet programs do not have the edit prompt showing at the top of the screen. If yours doesn't, click on the minus sign in the upper left-hand corner of the telnet screen and look for an "edit" option in the drop-down menu. "Paste" should be in the edit option.) Copy and paste the other two sentences. When this text comes into your word processor, you lose the itallics and the boldface. Don't worry about it. Then compose a fourth sentence, one containing a subordinate clause. Send the message to yourself and to your teacher. If you have forgotten how to do this, review last week's lesson.
  9. Close down your open programs and log off.
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