The focus of this page are instructional supports for the following Common Core Writing Standards:
- W.9-10.2.a Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information to make important connections and distinctions; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
- W.11-12.2.a Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information so that each new element builds on that which precedes it to create a unified whole; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
Here are some websites you and your students might find helpful in getting a vision for the work:
- Fonts–This article treats font choice as part of the design process of pages. Before students create headings and other formatting, they can get a grasp of the basics of how to choose a font and why theses choices matter.
- How to Use Fonts (And Why You Should Care)–This article examines how fonts can help or hurt your credibility as a writer.
- 10 Reasons to Use Color–This article helps students think beyond the use of color to highlight information and helps them consider how it can enhance their messages by creating mood, showing associations, enhance meaning and convey structure.
- Figures and Charts–This site explains how figures and charts should be formatted in academic writing and gives some examples of what to consider when using these graphics.
Finally, here are some quick tech tips if this is your first foray into the Google Docs world:
- How to Create a Bar Graph in Google Docs–This YouTube tutorial will show you how to create a graph in Google Sheets that can then be used in informational writing.
- Inserting an Object or Picture, Formatting and Captioning–This tip sheet will help you learn how to insert images and add captions.
- Use Snipping Tool to Capture Screen Shots–The Snipping Tool is available on Microsoft Windows and allows users to capture images from their screens and save them as JPEGs so they can be inserted into any type of document.
Have other resources or ideas that have worked well for you? Want to help your colleagues avoid common pitfalls? Please leave comments on this page!