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CTE/Business and Marketing Education Curriculum Word Processing - Basics
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Core Standards of the Course

Strand 1
Students will enhance keyboarding skills.

Standard 1:
Students will use correct keyboarding technique. This includes the following:

  1. Eyes on copy or screen, not on keys.
  2. Fingers curved and oriented to home row.
  3. Correct fingers used for keystrokes.
  4. Key with smooth rhythm and quiet hands.
  5. Forearms parallel to slant of keyboard; wrists low but not resting on any surface.
  6. Proper sitting posture: body centered with feet providing balance and elbows naturally at sides.

Standard 2:
Demonstrating a speed of 35 gross words per minute on a 3‐minute timed writing with no more than 2 errors per minute (6 errors total on a 3‐minute timed writing) through regular timed writings.

Standard 3:
Students will use the correct fingering to type the numeric keys and numeric keypad.

Standard 4:
Students will be able to correctly identify and apply the various symbols available on the keyboard.


Strand 2
Students will be able to complete basic word processing functions by:

Standard 1:
Following written step‐by‐step instructions.

Standard 2:
Identifying the major components of the word processing window and know default settings for margins, line spacing, alignment and tabs.

Standard 3:
Accessing features and executing commands using menus, toolbars, and the keyboard.

Standard 4:
Moving the insertion point and select text using the mouse and the keyboard.

Standard 5:
Creating and saving a document.

Standard 6:
Opening and closing a document.

Standard 7:
Viewing and printing a document.

Standard 8:
Managing files by creating files; cutting, copying, and pasting files; renaming files; searching for files; and deleting files.


Strand 3
Students will be able to complete Basic Document Formatting.

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Standard 1:
Using alignment, line spacing, and margin features to format documents.

Standard 2:
Using headers and footers, page numbering, and vertical centering to format documents.

Standard 3:
Changing the appearance of text by using bold, italics, and underline; and by changing the font face, point size, and appearance.

Standard 4:
Inserting bullets and create numbered lists.

Standard 5:
Inserting page breaks.


Strand 4
Students will be able to edit a document.

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Standard 1:
Demonstrating various deletion methods (delete, backspace, etc.) and using the Undo and Redo.

Standard 2:
Using cut, copy, and paste within a document.

Standard 3:
Demonstrating the ability to make corrections indicated by proofreaders' marks.

Standard 4:
Using writing tools for spelling, thesaurus, and grammar.

Standard 5:
Editing documents using the Insert and Overtype (Typeover).


Strand 5
Students will be able to apply advanced document formatting.

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Standard 1:
Formatting paragraphs with left indent, a left and right indent, and a hanging indent.

Standard 2:
Using widow/orphan protection.

Standard 3:
Organizing information in rows and columns while utilizing the table design and layout tools.

Standard 4:
Creating tabulated text by setting left, right, center, decimal, and leader tabs.

Standard 5:
Adding page and paragraph borders in a document.

Standard 6:
Inserting graphics and objects (shapes, lines, text boxes) into a document.

  1. Editing and formatting graphics by changing size, position, wrap, border/fill.

Strand 6
Students will be able to create business documents. Students will prepare the following business documents manually and using preset styles, if available, by:

Standard 1:
Creating personal business letters using block style and open punctuation.

Standard 2:
Preparing a report with properly formatted in‐text citations and a reference page.



UEN logo http://www.uen.org - in partnership with Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).  Send questions or comments to USBE Specialist - Laura deShazo and see the CTE/Business and Marketing Education website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - THALEA LONGHURST .  
Email:  thalea.longhurst@schools.utah.gov

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