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Gr. 4: California Travel Brochures

posted Sep 26, 2011, 10:15 AM by   [ updated Oct 14, 2011, 9:09 AM ]
We're going to be using Pages to create your brochure.  To get started, click the Pages icon in your Dock, or search for pages in spotlight.

In the Template Chooser, go to Brochures and select the Classic Brochure.
Always save early and often!  Take a moment now to go to File --> Save and save your work.  It should be saved in Documents as your number, name, and "California Brochure," like this:

00 Michael Dreyfus - California Brochure

Front Page

Start editing the text of the brochure.  Let's start with the front page (all the way to the right) and change the title from Vineyard to California.  All the text here is just filler.  As soon as you click on it, it will turn blue (become highlighted) and your typing will replace it.  

Under that, write one of California's nicknames.  If it doesn't fit, you can change the font size in the menu at the top.
Next, change the text below the picture to "a guide to our state"
Under that, write your name.

Back Page

This is the top middle page.  Change the title to "Interesting Facts!"

Write a few of the interesting facts you've learned about California here.

Outside Page

This page will fold under the front page.  

Here is where we'll write our Narrative Paragraph.  Change the title to the same as in your writing journal.

Finding Images for our Brochure

There are two ways we can find images for our brochure:
  1. Use pictures we took ourselves.  This is easy, because we own those pictures.  It's hard because we have to go to the place we want a picture of.
  2. Search on the Internet for images.  This can be tricky, because we need to navigate copyright.  Copyright means ownership of media, like writing, images, music, and movies.
Public Domain Resources: Owned by the public (that's us!)

Adding Images to Our Brochure

Adding images to a Pages template is really easy!  
  1. Drag and drop your picture file onto another image.  Make sure you get the blue border around the image, or it won't replace.
  2. Adjust the zoom in if you want.
  3. Click Edit Mask to move the picture around within the same frame, if you need to.

Finding Population Information

The last page of your template has a place for a table.

We're going to fill this table with information about California's Population, which we'll find on  First, title your table and change the headers to match the ones on the left.

Before you use it, read this note about Wikipedia.

  1. Pick a California city you would like to show information for and look up that city's name on wikipedia (I chose to look up Pleasant Hill).
  2. Scroll down the basic city information in the box on the right until you come to the Population box.
  3. Copy the population and density information to your table.  Use "city and county" information, rather than the "CSA" number, if you see those options.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 for 4 cities.
When you're done, write down some things that population density can tell you about a town or city.  How might a place be different if it has a high density, compared to a low density.