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    OK. You're about to go off to Big School. We used Microsoft Word for years now - but it's a program with a lot going on. We want to make sure you've got the Word skills you need to wow your teachers in Middle School, High School, and beyond.

    The Word Challenge is a way to reinforce these skills - kind of a self check.

    Good luck.

    First, you'll need some text to play with. You'll find your document at the top of your class folder.

    Now you're ready to get to work:

    • Create a heading at the top of the paper. (name, date, subject.) (5)
    • Create a title. Center the title. Make it 18 point Helvetica. Make it bold. (5)
    • Format your paragraphs. (5)
      • 12 point Times
      • Indent your paragraphs.
      • Make them double-spaced.
    • Insert two photos of planets. Include a Caption. Group the Picture and Caption. (5)
    • After the description of the Solar System, create a bullet list of the planets. (5)
    • Using the draw tools in Word, create a diagram showing the distance from the Sun to the Earth and to Jupiter. (10)
    • Create a graph showing the differences in sizes of the Earth, Venus, and Mars. (10)
    • Create a table showing Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune and their diameters. (10)
    • Use a footer to add page numbers. (5)
    • Make the quotation (by Tyson) italic and bring in the margins on both sides to make it stand out. (5)
    • Right after Neil deGrasse Tyson's name, create a footnote telling your reader that he is the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York. (5)
    • To prepare for your paper you read a great book, All About the Solar System, by Henrietta Smith. Looks like the book was published by Harcourt Press in New York in 2013. Use the bibliography features to create a citation in perfect MLA style. Create a Page Break and put in on this new page. (10)
    • Create a new page break. Take your picture using Photo Booth and bring it into this page. Write a brief About the Author. (5)