Word for the Classroom


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Reading Tools

Essential Questions:

1. How can Word tools be used to assess student reading abilities?

2. What are the best ways Word can assist students during the reading process to increase comprehension and analysis of a text?

3. In what ways can these tools be teacher-driven? Student-driven?

4. What are the best ways to use Word in building students' background knowledge

Outcome: Create a Word document that students can use during a reading activity.


Day 1:

Personalizing Word: Setting defaults for ease of use

Scaffolding Reading: Annotation Tools, readability, Highlight, Define, Review Tab (comment, highlight, translate), Quick Access Toolbar

Adaptive Technology: Speak Text, Read Mode Tools (Text Sample, PDF)

Tip Sheet


Activity 2 

Day 2:

Graphic Organizers: SmartArt, Shapes (grouping)

Interactive Documents: Form Fields, Hyperlinks, Bookmarks, Video, Header/Footer, Saving Templates

(Sample 1, Sample 2, Sample 3, Sample Instructions)

Activity 3 

Activity 4

Writing Tools  

Essential Questions:

1. How can Word scaffold the writing process for students?

2. What are the best ways to use Word for providing feedback to students' writing? (teacher-to-student and student-to-student)

3. What are the values of creating and using electronic portfolios for assessment of growth over time?

 Outcome: Create a Word document that students can use during a writing activity.


Day 3:

Scaffolds to Writing: Hidden Text

(Sample 1, Sample 2, Sample 3)

Writing Process: Auto-Correct, Tracking Changes, Spelling & Grammar, Find/Replace Text, Comment

(Comment Sample 1, Sample 2)

(Tip Sheet instructions from Microsoft Support)


Activity 5

Tip Sheet

Activity 6

Day 4:

References Tab: Research Writing, Compare. Embedding Objects

(from Microsoft Office Support: Footnote/Endnote Instructions, Adding a Citation Instructions, Compare & Combine Instructions, Embedding Objects

Sharing: Cloud

Activity 7