We want kids to write with style… and, more precisely, with good formatting. A properly formatted document with clear fonts, correct size and weight text for titles, headers and paragraphs, and other formatting elements is easier to read and understand.
I created a sample document and printed it out. The students had to create a Google Doc that looked exactly like—or as close as possible to—the printed document. The Middle Kids used basic font type, size and weight, while Older Kids did more advanced tasks like headings, justification, inserting page breaks, tables and special characters, lists, footers, and more. They had to use menus and keyboard shortcuts. Take a look at the Middle Kids example doc and the Older Kids example doc. How much of this could you re-create?