Instruction and Practice
With the SmartBoard, click on the "Track Changes" feature under "Review" in the Microsoft Word tool bar to start off the body of this lesson plan for Word. Demonstrate with a document what happens when you delete something in Word when "Track Changes" is being used. (Students should see the word or phrase in red and crossed off.) Then show them what happens when you insert text. With students, go through the document on the SmartBoard, and delete and insert text.
Next, let them try this feature with their own rough drafts. (Because you will want students to try out features as you teach them, this lesson plan for Word will take more than one class period.) Some students have trouble finding their own mistakes, so ask them to try to make at least five changes to their document, which means they may need to insert text instead of deleting mistakes.
After students have used "Track Changes" to mark up their rough draft, show them the "Accept" or "Reject" buttons. If students want to accept a change they made, they click on accept, and the program will erase the red letters as well as take the inserted correction. If students reject the change, then the program will revert back to the original text. Ask students to try these two features by accepting and rejecting at least one change for each.
Next, you will show students how to use the "Comment" feature. Again, it is best to demonstrate with a paper the whole class can comment on, using the SmartBoard. Demonstrate both positive comments and comments that make suggestions and corrections. Show students how to use the "Delete Comment" button to delete a comment they mistakenly made in this lesson plan for Word. If you have several comments on the SmartBoard paper, you can show them how to scroll from comment to comment using the "Previous" and "Next" features.
Just like with "Track Changes," students should practice commenting on their own rough drafts, deleting comments, and scrolling through comments using previous and next.