Newsletter Project

Use either ClarisWorks or Microsoft Word to create a newsletter using the instructions provided at the following links:

Newsletters are a great way to communicate with students or parents on a weekly or monthly basis. They are not personal, but they help to keep people informed.

It is very important that you make your newsletter look good and that you use correct grammar and spelling. Of course, you will occasionally have typos, but too many typos and grammatical errors make you look unprofessional.

Make sure you line up your columns (autogrid is great for that), and that you fill most of the space on the page. Add pictures between articles for visual appeal. Varying fonts is acceptable for variety, but use of more than 2 or 3 different fonts on one page detracts from overall quality; don't change fonts just because you can. For a good introduction to creating visually appealing documents, check out:

Williams, Robin. (1994). The non-designers design book: Design and typographic principles for the visual novice. Berkeley, CA: Peachpit Press.

Most professionals use very fancy (and expensive) layout tools to do newsletters. For most of your purposes, very basic tools (like ClarisWorks or Microsoft Word) are all you need because you can make professional looking newsletters without fancy tools.

Minimum Grading Criteria

The following are the minimum grading criteria for this project:

If the minimum grading criteria are met, you will receive a B for this assignment. The grade of A is reserved for outstanding work that goes beyond the minimum criteria.

What to Hand In

See an Example Newsletter.

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This page was prepared by Dr. David M. Marcovitz.

Last Updated: June 10, 2003