3.3 Faux Social Media Stream in Word

Let’s create a faux social media stream in Microsoft Word!

We’ll use Word in desktop mode. Choose your favorite hero to create a social media page for! I did mine on a hero of the past, so he isn’t living, and it still worked. But perhaps you’ll enjoy doing someone from modern times more. You can decide!

First of all, let’s remind ourselves, just what is Microsoft Word?

Now that we understand a little bit about what a word processor is for, let’s learn some vocabulary words we’ll need to know! There just might be a quiz on this at the end of this unit! You can download this PowerPoint file and read through it to learn about thirty words.

You can review these words every time you build something in Word with LCSH and you’ll get smarter every time!

You can even play the next video in tandem with the PowerPoint vocabulary show so you can really digest all the words and the various parts of Microsoft Word. This video is pretty excellent.

Now we’ll try a Chegg Vocabulary Quiz of Terms…

Microsoft Office Word 2016 Terminology Flashcards | Chegg.com

And now to see the example social media stream! Here’s what you’ll be creating! Download this Word document and take a look at it. You can follow the directions below and see this picture as a guide. Have fun creating!

  1. New document [File Tab – New Blank Document]
  2. Format the background color to a solid color – White, Background 1, Darker 15% [Design Tab – Page Color]
  3. Insert a rectangle shape (masthead) across the top – Shape fill = Blue, Accent 1, Darker 25%, no outline [Insert Tab – Shape]
  4. Insert a Text box on the left side of the blue rectangle.  Type FAKEBOOK and use Segoe UI Black (or whatever font you want really) font size 24 [Insert Tab – Text Box]
  5. Insert another rectangle shape across the top that goes in the blue masthead – Shape fill = white, no outline. [Shape Format  – Shape Fill, Shape Outline] This will look like a search bar at the top
  6. Insert a Text box right under the blue masthead, Align = centered.  Type the name of the person this Fakebook page is about.  Font = Calibri Body, size 32
  7. Copy and paste an image/headshot (from google images, labeled for reuse of course) of the person to the right of their name.  Crop the image so it’s not too big and the face is clear and centered. [Picture Format – Crop]
  8. Now Crop the image to a Shape – oval.  Resize the image so it fits nicely next their name near the top.  Now give the image a picture border = Black, weight = 3 point [Picture Format – Crop to Shape – Oval, Format Picture – Picture Border]
  9. Now we are going to insert one main rectangle, Aligned center, and 4 other rectangles (1 on the left, 3 on the right).  All – White fill, no outline (I would make one rectangle and copy and paste it 4 times, then resize them)
  10. Select all five rectangles (hold down the Control key) and align the text in each to be Top [Shape Format  – Text Group – Align Text – Top], and aligned (Control + L) Left
  11. The main rectangle in the middle will be the person’s timeline.   You will fill this in with pictures, posts and captions that you feel the person might make on their actual Fakebook page.  In my example, I shared a picture with a caption, an inspirational quote, and a check-in at a restaurant.
  12. The tall skinny rectangle on the far left will contain biographical information about your person. (Birthdate, Hometown, Employer, Awards and Achievements)
  13. The 3 right-side rectangles will contain information regarding their Fakebook friends, the Fakebook groups they subscribe to and Fakebook events and invitations on their calendars. 
  14. You’ll have to use your font formatting skills in these rectangles to make the font black and easy to read.  See my example how I use bold and underlines to make headings stand out.  You’ll also have to use different font size to fit everything nicely.  I even used a bulleted list in one of the rectangles. [Home Tab – Font Group]
  15. Just for decoration you can copy and paste an image (from google images, labeled for reuse of course) of a thumbs up near the masthead.
  16. Do a Spell Check! [Review Tab – Spelling]

ChatGPT Quiz!

Time to go ask ChatGPT to give you a five question quiz. Say, “ChatGPT, give me five quiz questions on Microsoft Word.” And it’ll respond with something like this…

Sure, here are five quiz questions on Microsoft Word:

  1. What keyboard shortcut is used to save a Microsoft Word document?
  2. What is the purpose of the “Find and Replace” feature in Microsoft Word?
  3. What is the default file extension for Microsoft Word documents created in Microsoft Word 2019?
  4. What is the purpose of the “Page Break” feature in Microsoft Word?
  5. What is the difference between “Save” and “Save As” in Microsoft Word?

STOP Can you answer them?

NEXT ask ChatGPT to “Give me the answers to these quiz questions.” And it’ll actually give you the answers to those questions! This will allow you to up your Microsoft Office game one day at a time! How cool is THIS?!?!

Sure! Here are the answers to the quiz questions on Microsoft Word:

  1. The keyboard shortcut used to save a Microsoft Word document is “Ctrl + S” (on Windows) or “Command + S” (on Mac).
  2. The “Find and Replace” feature in Microsoft Word is used to search for specific words or phrases in a document and replace them with different words or phrases.
  3. The default file extension for Microsoft Word documents created in Microsoft Word 2019 is “.docx”.
  4. The “Page Break” feature in Microsoft Word is used to insert a break in the document that starts a new page. This is useful for separating sections of a document or for controlling where page breaks occur.
  5. “Save” is used to save changes made to an existing document, while “Save As” is used to save a new copy of the document with a different name, file type, or location. “Save As” is typically used when creating a new document or when saving a copy of an existing document with changes that need to be saved separately.

How did you do?

Try playing these Blooket sets now that you’ve used Word a little bit.

Microsoft Word | Blooket

Microsoft Word Quiz | Blooket

We hope you enjoyed learning about Microsoft Office with Log Cabin Schoolhouse!