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Lesson Plan #:AELP-EDT0003
Submitted by: Eydie Scher
School/University/Affiliation: Horner Junior High School, Fremont, CA Date: 1994

Grade Level(s): 7, 8


  • Computer Science

Duration: 10 class periods Objectives:

  • To write creatively and improve written language
  • To compose, type, edit, and print stories using word processing
  • To produce a finished booklet of stories
  • Materials:

    • multiple computers; printer
    • software: word processing, desktop publishing


    • Ask the students to name a fairy tale and its heroes and villains.
    • Have the students make changes to their stories by making the villains good and the heroes bad. Or, have them create original fairy tales.
    • Have the students key their stories into the computer, print out drafts, and make corrections.
    • Have the students choose pictures to illustrate their stories, paste the pictures into their stories, and make photocopies of the illustrated stories for the class.
    • Have the students who finish first use the desktop publishing software to create a cover for their story booklets.

    Follow-Up/Extension: Distribute the booklets to the class and have the stories read out loud. Send the booklets home for the parents’ comments.

    Additional Notes: Special Education students, if they can’t compose on paper, can often relate stories orally. Teachers, aides, or parent volunteers can help type their stories into the computer.

    This lesson plan was downloaded from Big Sky Telegraph.