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NYU Steinhardt EMAT Teaching Residency
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Creating Posters with Microsoft Word – Working with Formatting and Grammar


Computers & Internet, Language Arts  


8, 7, 6, 4, 5, 12  

Title – Posters with Word
By –
Subject – Computers & Internet, Language Arts
Grade Level – 4-8


45 minutes


  • Word Processor
  • Paper
  • Printer


To develop an understanding of:

  1. the layout of a resume.
  2. formatting of information.
  3. checking spelling and grammar

Setting the Stage:

Acquire a few posters. Copy them for the class to view on paper or overhead projector. If you have a computer projector, save them as a file. Show these to the students.


Examine the parts of the poster. Look at the layout and what information is contained in each. Discuss what they might put in their own poster. Have students list this information so that they can refer to it when designing their own poster. Discuss how they will prepare a ready-made poster then do their own.


  1. Start Microsoft Word.
  2. Choose Save As: from the File menu.
  3. Navigate to your floppy disk or folder.
  4. Type a name for your file – POSTER.
  5. Click the Save button.
  6. Type the heading Bringing Families Together.
  7. Select the text, choose a font, bold it and set the font size to 72.
  8. Right click on the selected text.
  9. Choose Paragraph from the menu.
  10. Click the Indents and Spacing tab.
  11. Choose Centered from the drop down menu next to Alignment.
  12. Click the OK button.
  13. Press the Enter key to move the cursor down under the heading.
  14. Choose Picture: From File/ClipArt from the Insert menu.
  15. Navigate to a picture of your choice or use ClipArt.
  16. Insert the picture.
  17. Click to the right of the picture.
  18. Right click and choose Paragraph from the menu.
  19. Click the Indents and Spacing tab.
  20. Choose Centered from the drop down menu next to Alignment.
  21. Click the OK button.
  22. Click on the picture.
  23. Click, hold and drag the ‘handles’ out so that the picture fills the whole of the page.
  24. Right click on the picture and choose Order: Send behind Text.
  25. Click next to the text then press the Enter key to move ¾ of the way down the page.
  26. Type: ALK
  27. Press Enter.
  28. Type: Australia
  29. Select ALK and set the font to size 72.
  30. Select Australia, choose a font, bold it and set the font size to 33.
  31. Right click on the text and choose Paragraph.
  32. Click the Indents and Spacing tab.
  33. Choose Centered from the drop down menu next to Alignment.
  34. Click the OK button.
  35. Choose Select All from the Edit menu.
  36. Right click on the selected text and choose Font from the menu.
  37. Set the font color to white or a color which shows over your picture.
  38. Click the OK button
  39. Hold down the Ctrl key and press the S key to save your work.
  40. Choose Print from the File menu.
  41. Click the OK button to produce a paper copy of your work.


Check for good layout, easy to read, accurate copying and good spelling.


Have students prepare their own posters for a range of situations.

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