Basic Design Lesson – Day Two

Prepared by: Jami Williams, Mexico High School, Mexico, Missouri

Students will understand the process of dummy sketching and apply it to a working story idea


  1. PowerPoint Presentation
  2. Individual Learning Activity


  1. Level 2 (Proficient) application of basic design principles
  2. Level 1 (Basic) understanding the importance of dummy sketching


  1. Basic Design PowerPoint Day 2
  2. Dummy Sketching Sheets (need to be printed out on 11×17 paper)
  3. Pre-pitch Story Organizer


Steps to check for student understanding

  1. Teacher will do frequent comprehension checks in the form of Classroom Assessment Techniques (thumbs up, thumbs down; exit slip in the form of post-it note summary).
  2. This module will contain guidance for students and teachers to work toward making decisions and putting assets in place for future production. Keep in mind that you are creating valuable tools for future use. Emphasize this to your students as well.


  1. Suggested bell ringer: Totally random question: relish in your tuna salad or no? Why or why not?
  2. Teacher will present the PowerPoint.
  3. Teacher will distribute the Dummy Sketching Sheet.
  4. Teacher will distribute the Pre-pitch Story Organizer. Students should come up with a story idea and then use the Pre-pitch Story Organizer to figure out the elements then sketch the story layout on the dummy sheet. It is approximately the size of a top half of a full newspaper.
  5. Students should work individually and submit both the organizer and the dummy sheet by the end of the hour.
  6. Remind them to leave room for the flag!
  7. This is an excellent assessment of the understanding level that your students have for design concepts and also a great place to start looking for those students who might have a talent for layout and design.
  8. Your assessment should provide them with feedback.


  1. Exit slip: Do you think it is important to think about the layout of a story as you prepare to pitch it or write it? Why or why not?