Word Processing I Unit 8

West Haven Public Schools                                                                                                                                                           Unit Planning Organizer

Subject:  Word Processing I                                                                         Grade:  9-12

Unit 8: Paragraph Formatting

Pacing: 7 days

Essential Question(s):

How can you just key in text and format it after all the keying is done?

 Big Idea(s):

You can just key in text then go back and change its appearance using paragraph formatting commands.

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

4. Compose, organize, and edit information using keyboard and technology.

Supporting Standards


National Educational Technology standards and Performance Indicators for Teachers

  • Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
  • Promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness
  • Engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources
  • Model Digital-Age Work and Learning
  • Demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations.




“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)



  • Formatting Paragraphs
  • Align Paragraphs
  • Adjusting Paragraph Spacing
  • Reinforcement:  Paragraph Formatting
  • Adding Borders and Shading
  • Reinforcement: Paragraph Formatting





Analyzing and deconstructing a paragraph

Evaluating when to align and readjust alignment

Creating and evaluating a new formatting to create a professional looking document






Instructional Planning

  • Instructor will illustrate commands using a Smart board or Overhead. Instructor will also supply individual instruction sheets and or Text pages explaining commands.
  • Students will complete a series of assignments selected by instructor to displaying that they have mastered the commands.


Suggested Resources/Materials:

  • Computer Lab
  • Microsoft Application Word 2007
  • Smart board or Overhead instruction
  • Step by step instructional sheets
  • Series of documents including instructions for utilizing the Find and commands.
  • Text:


Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

Whole Group Instruction

One-on-One instructional intervention

Vocabulary/Word Wall


Interdisciplinary Connections

  • Borders
  • Shading
  • Left Alignment
  • Right Alignment
  • Center Alignment
  • Tabs
  • Decimals Tabs
  • Dot Leaders
  • Indents
  • First line indents
  • Line and paragraph spacing
  • Justifying
  • Hanging Indents


Publishing Documentation for school.

Student’s personal documentation.

Step by step instructional sheets.

One-on-One instruction.