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CTE/Business and Marketing Education Curriculum Desktop Publishing I
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Core Standards of the Course

Strand 1
Students will understand the process of planning a document.

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Standard 1:
Students will understand the importance of preplanning a document including creating a thumbnail sketch.

Standard 2:
Students will create multiple‐page documents by inserting and deleting pages and using facing pages.

Standard 3:
Students will understand that documents are printed on different types of paper that have different sizes, weights, and finishes.

Standard 4:
Students will understand the different types of parallel folds that are used with publications, including z‐fold, trifold, and half‐fold.


Strand 2
Students will apply basic desktop publishing design principles.

Standard 1:
Students will develop an understanding of basic desktop publishing terminology (see teacher helps vocabulary list).

Standard 2:
Students will understand that the focal point is the visual element that is the center of interest on the page or set of facing pages.

Standard 3:
Students will use directional flow to draw the readerís eyes through the text to particular words or images that the designer wishes to emphasize.

Standard 4:
Students will understand how to use white space /negative space.

Standard 5:
Students will understand the rule of thirds.

Standard 6:
Students will understand how to use balance, contrast, repetition and proximity to create harmony within a publication.

Performance Objectives:
Students will create a document utilizing the basic design principles listed in standard two.


Strand 3
Students will demonstrate and understand basic typography. (see teacher helps for clarification)

Standard 1:
Students will understand basic text alignment, including left, right, centered, and (full) justified.

Standard 2:
Students will understand: baseline, x-height, ascender, descender and drop cap.

Standard 3:
Students will recognize the difference between the two major categories of typefaces, including serif and sans serif.

Standard 4:
Students will understand that fonts are grouped together in families and given a family name (i.e. Arial, Garamond).

Standard 5:
Students will understand that when a style is applied to a font family it becomes a typeface.

Standard 6:
Students will utilize the four basic categories of type styles, including normal, bold, italic, book, and heavy.

Standard 7:
Students will understand points and picas.

Standard 8:
Students will understand and utilize kerning, tracking, and leading.

Standard 9:
Students will understand reverse type.

Standard 10:
Students will understand how to use tabs and leaders.

Performance Objectives:
Students will create a document demonstrating knowledge of typography listed in standard three.


Strand 4
Students will understand the proper use of color in publications.

Standard 1:
Students will develop a basic understanding of the color wheel including complementary and analogous colors.

Standard 2:
Students will understand that colors are used to communicate a mood or a message and that different colors are associated with different meanings.

Standard 3:
Students will understand the difference between the two basic color modes CMYK and RGB.

Performance Objectives:
Students will create a document utilizing color as listed in standard four.


Strand 5
Students will understand that images are used to enhance publications.

Standard 1:
Students will insert and transform photos using cropping, resizing, flipping, rotating, skewing, and shadowing.

Standard 2:
Students will create simple drawings to include shapes, fills, colors, strokes and lines.

Standard 3:
Students will select and group objects.

Standard 4:
Students will have a basic understanding of layering including text wrap, and opacity/watermarks.

Standard 5:
Students will understand pixels as a unit of measurement for images and how to select high quality images.

Standard 6:
Students will understand the differences between raster/bitmap and vector images.

Performance Objectives:
Students will create a document incorporating images as listed in standard five.


Strand 6
Students will demonstrate an understanding of ethics related to the use of images and text.

Standard 1:
Students will understand the difference between royalty free and copyrighted images and text.

Standard 2:
Students will understand the process of obtaining and citing permission for copyrighted works.



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Email:  thalea.longhurst@schools.utah.gov

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