Word Processing Software

Learning Goal:

    • Students will be able to use Microsoft Word to create a variety of business documents
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Microsoft Word has been the industry standard in word processing for decades. Many organizations will expect that you know how to use Word as an entry level skill.

We will be using the following site as a resource for learning basic features in Word.

In class, we will cover basic Word skills and options using this document.


Use the GFCLearnFree site linked above to learn about basic Word tools and options. Choose at least eight lessons to explore and expand your knowledge (ones we didn't cover together). Create a Word document and demonstrate the skills from each lesson. Make sure to label what you are demonstrating and which lesson you are covering. Try to use one document when possible. When you are finished add your document to this collaborative page.

Business Email


Email is no longer the main form of digital communication, but it is still widely used in business. In class, we will look at this link that talks about the difference between a formal and informal email. Another point to add is that a formal email should always include an appropriate subject line.

If you need to send out a communication to a list of 100 people or more, you don't want to do it one at a time. Enter mail merge. Mail merge can be used to send a standardized message out to a large group of people. This is a helpful feature, but we won't be covering it in class.

The Challenge - Business Email 10 Pts

Use Word or Google Docs to write a formal business email. Use the link above for reference. The email should be one to two paragraphs in length and related to your restaurant, a potential job, work situation, college application, college issue, internship opportunity, etc. Make sure to include an appropriate subject line.

Make sure your email meets the following requirements:

    • Use formal writing
    • Include an appropriate subject line
    • Include appropriate saluation, body, and closing secitons

Show me in class when you are finished, after I've checked it off you can send it on Classroom.

Screenwriting & Scripts

Google Docs is a great collaboration and writing tool. In class, we'll look at some of the communication tools built into Docs.

You will use Google Docs to write a script or screenplay. Your screenplay should be about two pages and should tell an engaging story. You can base your script on something that already exists, but make sure yours is original. Use a similar format to the examples linked below. Remember that you need to describe what an audience would see in your writing.

You will need to work in groups of up to three people. Try to communicate using Google Docs. Below are some resources for screenwriting and scripts.

How Do You Write A Screenplay?


Screenplay example scene

Add your finalized script to this collaborative page. Make sure to include your group member's names. Read and comment on at least one other group's script. Use a system of two compliments and one suggestion for your comments.

Google Docs Advanced Features

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If you dig beyond the surface level, Google Docs has some advanced features that we will look at and practice.

Add a title, heading, or table of contents in a document - We'll look at text style (title & headings) and table of contents.

Google Docs could make writing that term paper a little easier - We'll look at the using the explore feature for finding info (citations) and images.

We'll talk about adding functionality to Google Docs through add-ons.

MindMeister - Google Docs add-on

Lucidchart Diagrams - Google Docs add-on

Gliffy Diagrams - Google Docs add-on

The Challenge - My Zoo - 20 Pts

You may work with one other person. Try your hand at using the features we covered in class. Create a Google document about the animals/creatures that would be included in your zoo (real or fictional). These might be real animals or alien monsters from your favorite video game or movie. Include a title (using the heading format) and a brief description of the animal or creature on each page. Use the explore feature to find and insert an image on each page. Make sure to include a table of contents on your title page. You will need to include ten or more animals/creatures. Use one of the add-on's above to create a mind map/diagram about your zoo.

Use this rubric to self-assess your project. Meet with me to discuss your finished project and the completed rubric for credit. After we have met send me your project and rubric on Google Classroom. Make sure to include who you worked with.


- Taylor's Zoo - Here is a good example, but it does not have the chart/diagram so don't forget that part.

- Dustin's Zoo