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Circle in a Box

Circle in a Box

William Himmelman at George W. Collins High School in Chicago

William Himmelman
George Collins High School

Title: Circle in a Box


To improve student’s design ability to combine graphics, objects and text for layouts. Later create bylines or logos.


Using Microsoft Word, Quark XPress, PageMaker or InDesign, create a three-dimensional box with a ball inside. The ball must be inside the box touching three sides and the student’s initials should be on the ball inside the box.


Computer, program, paper and pencil (sketch object first), written directions on what tools to use.

Time: 2-3 days

Computer skills: PageMaker

  • Use of Select arrow and text tool
  • Menu
    • Edit
    • Copy
    • Paste
  • Element
    • Fill and stroke
    • Color
  • Arrange
    • Send to back
    • Send to front
  • Type
    • Select font and size
  • Tool Box
    • Draw a box
    • Draw a circle
    • Draw a straight line
    • Draw a diagonal line


  • Day 1: Explain assignment.
    • Have students practice with tools-drawing lines, circles, and boxes.
    • Homework: draw sketch.
  • Day 2
    • Work from sketch to create design. Save to disk.
  • Day 3
    • Finish-touch up completed design and save to disk.

Evaluation: Participation in class; finished project saved to your disk.

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