Gutenberg Exchange Lesson Nine: Relative Clauses
There is an alternative version of this lesson which does not teach
HTML coding. We recommend that you switch to
the NO-HTML version of lesson nine unless you are in an advanced
Computer Literacy Objectives: In this lesson you are introduced
to basic HTML coding.
Writing Objectives: You learn how to construct and identify
In this lesson, you will look at a web page's source file and
learn some of basic HTML commands; you will download the source file;
and you will imitate the sentences contained in that file.
- Review adjective clusters, and return
to this page.
- Access the source document for this page, but before you
do, read BOTH this step and the next completely. To access the source, place the
cursor on the "view" prompt at the top of the Netscape page, click, and
then click on the option "source." A page will appear that looks
like it has typical wordprocessor text in it with several front (<)
and back (>) pointer brackets in it. Within these pointer brackets
are the HTML commands which format the page.
- After looking at the source document briefly, return to this page
by clicking on the button at the bottom of the page in early Netscape
versions or by clicking on the down arrow in the upper right hand corner
of later versions.
- Go to an introduction to relative clauses.
- Read it carefully, and then view its source page briefly.
- Go to a page containing sample relative clauses.
- Bring up its source page, view it, and then save it to disk.
You do this by:
- Returning to the Netscape version of the document;
- Clicking on the file option in the upper left-hand corner;
- Clicking on the "save as" option in the drop down window;
- Specifying the drive that contains your disk and giving
the document a name when so prompted.
- After saving the sample relative clauses to disk, open your
word processor or notepad and load the file. Notepad will load it
without any difficulty, but your word processor will probably ask you
what kind of document it is. It is a "Text" document, or an "ASCii"
- When you have the document up in the word processor, toggle back
to this page.
- Go to
Reference Guide to HTML. Toggle back and forth between the source
document on the word processor and the guide to HTML coding, trying to
identify the commands contained in the source document. There are
fifteen commands in it (if you count the commands that turn a function
off--they have a / in them). For this step, only pay attention to material
inside the < and > brackets.
- When you figure out a code, write it down with a note explaining
its function. Try to define all of the codes in the source document
of the "sample relative clauses" page.
- Return to the source document on your word processor and delete all
of the HTML coding, leaving the text of "sample relative clauses."
- Under each sentence, type in an imitation of the sentence, using
your own words but employing relative clauses as the model sentence
- When you have imitated all of the sentences, go through the text,
making the format clear, and putting your name and section number on it.
- Print, save, and hand in the completed paper.
- Open a new word processor document, and type in
the notes you took about HTML codes, print two copies, and save it to disk.
Hand one copy in and keep the other.
- Close down all open programs, and shut down your computer.
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