With your group research how to design a newsletter and evaluate some examples. Assemble a file folder containing the following information:
- Research the 4 design principles, proximity, alignment, repetition, and contrast, to gain an understanding of how these principles are used in designing a newsletter. The facilitator has some books available and you can use the following website to get you started. http://desktoppub.about.com/ad/designprinciples/Principles_of_Design.htm Write out or print out information on each principle and add to your folder for future reference.
- Once you have the principles defined and analyzed research how these principles can be used to create a newsletter. Here is a website to get you started. http://desktoppub.about.com/ad//newsletterdesign/Newsletter_Design_How_to_Create_a_Newsletter.htm Write out or print out notes and add them to your folder for future reference.
- Find some examples of newsletters on the Internet and use the rubric found on the evaluation page of this Web Quest to evaluate the newsletters. Try to find at least 2 good ones and 2 poor ones. Print out the rubric, fill one out for each website and add to your folder for future reference. You might even consider printing out the newsletter (if it is not too long) and attaching it to your rubric. Here are 2 websites to get you started. http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/newsletters/superteachernewsletter3.pdf and http://www.docstoc.com/docs/15438882/teacher-newsletter-_1
Now that your group has researched it is time to create a newsletter using the principles of design but getting the adequate information in your newsletter so that you can communicate to your parents.
- First, determine your appropriate audience for your newsletter. The audience may be your students, your parents, etc. The subject of the newsletter must also be determined. These can range for different subjects for different pages or however you wish. It wouldn’t make since to have a newsletter about the 4th grade weekly assignments mixed in with the highlights of the high school football game. Remember, a newsletter gives details about the subjects it is about. It is also specific with this information so that the reader understands the purpose.
- Next, your newsletter needs to grab the attention of its audience. The nameplate, headings, and graphics can help attract the reader’s attention. The name plate needs to have a short title that is not disruptive to the newsletter and the headings also need to be bold so certain information is easy to spot. Return to your research on contrast to help you here as well. This example can show you how the nameplate and headings can organize your newsletter so that the reader’s attention isn’t lost. http://www.ihs.issaquah.wednet.edu/HonorsAPInformation/Forms/AP%20Newsletter%20Final.pdf There must be original graphics to add reader interest. Here is an example of a newsletter with a good use of graphics. http://complit.unc.edu/newsletter/spring09newsletter.pdf
- Lastly, to maintain the flow of the newsletter where the information is easy to locate, the principles of design need to be applied. An effective design can lead to an effective newsletter. Some newsletter can be lengthy and information will need to be organized to ensure that different topics are separated from one another and that a reader’s eyes can move around the newsletter to find the important information. Be sure to look over your newsletter to ensure the four principles of design are used.