Governor's Institute for Career Education and Work
Creating Your Own website


Governor’s Institute for Career Education and Work Activity

by Joyce Shull, Chiron Thompson and Jackie Santanasto


Creating Your Own website

Standards Addressed
  • 13.2. B Analyze and evaluate complex technical tasks using sophisticated processes.
  • 13.2. F Analyze performance-based assessments components.
Brief Overview Student will be able to create a website complete with text, graphics and hypertext links. Navigation buttons, backgrounds, and audiovisual effects will be used and projects will be placed on the internet.
Grade Level 11th and 12th
Content Area(s) Career Education, Technology Lab, Language Arts
Other standards supported PDE-GGC, ASCA-NSSCP, PDE-SCEW, 1.1.11B, 1.1.11D, 1.1.11G, 1.2.11A
Prep Time 1 hour
Implementation Time 10 to 15 hours
Learning Objectives Students will be able to create and publish their own website, expand on students’ critical thinking skills as they organize information for distribution over the Internet, and define Internet terms. Students will critique their own work and classmates’ work.
Materials Needed Computer with Internet access, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Works, printer.
Detailed Activity Steps
  1. Decide on an idea for the website.
    1. Think about the types of information to publish on a website (i.e. recent class project, cultural backgrounds of students, school-sponsored activity in community, etc.).
    2. Use Internet to visit other school websites for design ideas, such as “The Global Schoolhouse”.
  2. Create single-page or multi-page websites.
    1. Use Microsoft publisher and convert existing documents (school newsletters, flyers, etc.) to Web site pages.
    2. Start Publisher and select website PageWizard. Follow the on-screen steps to create a multi-page website layout. Save work.
  3. Add Text and Graphics.
    1. Type web page text directly into the web layout.
    2. Proofread and spell check file.
    3. Replace a picture.
    4. Insert clip art.
  4. Add Hyperlinks.
    1. Follow steps for adding hyperlink from software manual.
    2. Add a story or text related to hyperlink.
  5. Follow Tips for Web Design.
    1. Add new pages to website document.
    2. Scan in drawings, photos, graphic elements.
    3. Insert images.
    4. Revise or add graphics.
    5. Provide links to Web pages.
  6. Publish the Web page to a folder.
    1. Proofread Web page.
    2. Have another student proofread Web page.
    3. Make changes as needed.
    4. Publish website to folder following written instructions.
Theory basis Experiential Learning Theory
  1. Students will assess each other’s websites based on checklist of features.
  2. Teacher will evaluate website before it is published, based on correct grammar and spelling, and Microsoft features incorporated.
  1. Prerequisite skills include knowing how to open a document in Microsoft Word and to use Word’s features; Microsoft Publisher, and access World Wide Web using Microsoft Internet Explorer.
  2. Students must read and proofread other students’ websites.
Enhancement Activities Enhance the website. (
Adaptation for at risk kids Adapt per IEP.

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