Making a 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle' Brochure in Microsoft Publisher
Below is a list of instructions on how to set up and design your brochure. Most of these steps will be demonstrated at the front of the class at the beginning of each ICT lesson. This is a good place to come if you fall behind or want to work at a faster pace.
When asking for help, please don't just say 'I'm stuck', 'What do I do now?' or 'I don't know what to do'. Come here and look at the list of steps. If you are still unsure, feel free to ask a question but ask your question in such a way that it is clear step that you are working on and what you don't understand.
- Open Microsoft Publisher
- Select Blank A4 (Landscape)
- Go to Page Design and select Custom Margins (it will be right at the bottom)
- Under Margin Guides, set Left, Right, Top and Bottom to 0cm
- Under Grid Guides and increase the number of Columns to 3
- The faint blue line around the edge of your page should now not be there. Your page should also be split into three even colomns. If this is not the case, you have not set up either your margins or your columns correctly and need to go back a step.
- Go to Insert, select Draw Text Box and draw a small text box at the top of the page in the first column. In the text box, write 'Why we need to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle'.
- Go to Insert, select Draw Text Box and draw a small text box at the top of the page in the second column. In the text box, write 'Back Page'.
- Go to Insert, select Draw Text Box and draw a small text box at the top of the page in the third column. In the text box, write 'Front Page'.
- On the left hand side of your screen there is section called 'Page Navigation'. It will look similar to the one in PowerPoint that we used to select and insert slides. Right click and select 'Insert Blank Page'.
- Click on this new page under Page Navigation. It should have three columns just like our first page. If it does not contain three columns, set up its margins and columns just as we did for the first page.
- Go to Insert, select Draw Text Box and draw a small text box at the top of the page in the first column. In the text box, write 'Reduce'. (Remember that we are working on the second page so we are NOT writing on the page that already has text boxes on it).
- Go to Insert, select Draw Text Box and draw a small text box at the top of the page in the second column. In the text box, write 'Reuse'.
- Go to Insert, select Draw Text Box and draw a small text box at the top of the page in the third colum. In the text box, write 'Recycle'.
Our brochure is now all set up ready for us to start adding content. To begin, we will work with the second page (the one that has the words Reduce, Reuse and Recycle on it).
Under each column, we are going to write five to six sentences. Under reduce, we are going to write five ways that we can 'reduce' while at home or at school. Under reuse, we are going to write five ways that we can reuse. Under recycle, we are going to write five ways that we can recycle. Depending on how much space you have left in each column, you might want to go back and add additional dot points.
Make sure that you make the title of each column stand out. It should have a larger font, be centered in the middle of the column and possible have other effects (such as being bolded or underlined).
We will now start working on page 1. The middle column will be the very back of our brochure. At the bottom of the page in a text box, write your (full) name, your grade (either 6H or 6M) and the year. This will be the only place that you should place your name on the brochure.
On the first page in the first column (the one titled 'Why we need to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle'), we are going to write a few paragraphs on why it is important that we reduce, reuse and recycle. For example, why is it important that we put everything that we can into the recycling bin rather than just throwing everything into the normal bin? Why do we need to reuse things? Can't we just buy new things all the time? Feel free to change the title if you wish (but the idea of the column must remain the same).
On the first page in the third column, we are going to design our brochure's front page. Delete the text box that we have there already (that was just there so that we remembered which column our front page was going to be). Design an attractive front page that will make people want to pick up the brochure and read more inside. The front page must also give an idea to the reader what is going to be inside, so the words reduce, reuse and recycle should probably be on the front page (or at least words with a similar meaning).
Make your front page look really good, and don't over clutter it.
NOTE: Do not start this next step unless you have been given permission (either individually or as a class) to go onto Google to look for pictures.
Now that you have written all your content, you may now start looking for pictures on the internet. You should have at least one picture on your front page, one picture on the 'Why we should reduce, reuse and recycle' page and one picture per column on your second page (one picture for reduce, one picture for reuse and one picture for recycle).
We are now going to add a background to our brochure. Go to Page Design and click on Background. You may select any background you like, but please make sure that the text is still easily readable. You may need to change your text colour if it is too hard to read.
Go through your entire brochure and proofread it carefully. Make sure that all the formatting is correct. For example, don't have anything too close to the edge of the page or too close to the edge of a column. If it is too close to the edge of the page, it may get cut off when it is printed. If it is too close to the edge of a column, when the brochure is folded it might be too close to the fold for it to be read easily.
Useful Websites on Reducing, Reusing and Recycling
Reducing, Reusing and Recycling while at school
Reducing, Reusing and Recycling while at home
An excellent website on recycling recommended to me by the students at afterschoolcareprograms.com. Thank you for the link!
Lots of ideas on how to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Why should we Reduce, Reuse and Recycle?
More websites with ideas on how to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle