Friday, November 12, 2010

I AM A __________ PERSON WHO...

Great project for Catholic School's Week - January.  Students can copy off of a form or you can make the document editable on the computer (see below) and students can type their responses.  You might add some art work to go with this writing or have it framed in black construction paper.  It looks very striking in the hallway.  These can be posted on your website, made into a class book, and finally put in the Journal/Memory Books.  (Of course the title could be I am a child who or I am a student who...)

likes ___     
hates  ___    
can  ___    
cannot ___     
would never  ___    
would rather  ___    
loves to   ___   
wants to learn  ___    
used to be afraid of   ___   
would be better off if   ___   
is really good at   ___   
gets really angry when   ___   
bugs other people when   ___   
has the good habit of   ___   
has the bad habit of  ___     
wishes I could change the way I  ___    
wishes I could change the way people ___     
will someday ___     

by: ___
Teachers often need to provide documents for students to respond to a structured set of questions.  This technology provides a way to create a document for your students where it may be important to maintain some consistent format, or where there is a need for a structured response.  In a typical assignment, an instructor may distribute in paper or electronic format, a list of required questions to answer, but when 30 students freely compose their responses, you end up with 30 different kinds of documents to read.
Some advantages of this type of technology

  • No special software beyond Word required
  • The information returned is consistently formatted
  • The amount of text returned can be limited
  • The document can have portions locked from changes by the student
  • Students can save the document to their hard drive and go back at any time to finish theirr work. (PDF forms read in Acrobat Reader do not save content)
  • Students can save a copy of their document and/or e-mail it to an instructor


  1. Create an approximate layout of the document, leaving room for the answer spaces. You can use formatting borders (Format -> Borders and Shading…) to put boxes around these areas.
  2. Display the Forms Toolbar (View -> Toolbars -> Forms)
  3. Move the mouse to the location where an answerbox should be. Click the ab| icon on the Forms Tool palette to add a text form field (a place for someone to type text).
  4. When you have added all of the desired form fields, lock the document by going to Tools -gt; Protect Document… In the dialog box, click the radio button for Forms.
    Then enter a password and click OK. You will have to re-enter the password as a confirmation:
  5. Save the document. Keep the original in a safe place (in case you need to make changes) and make a copy of the document to try as a user might see it. Students can tab from field to field, print, email, and save the modified version of the document.

Then when students are done filling in the blanks, save to their name.

Teacher can then go unprotect and print OR

Print off the student copy without saving and let them use it as a sloppy copy to write a final draft.

This is a FORMATTED EDITABLE FORM for student use.  

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