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Assessment resource Design a layout: magazine: assessment

TLF ID L9683

Test your understanding of how visual elements in a magazine page affect reader response. Compare a poorly created magazine page layout with a good page layout and identify how the visual elements in the good layout work better to convey meaning to the reader. Explore how the style, size, colour and placement of images, text and other page elements can improve the readability of the page. Examine the magazine's model page layout, then create a new page layout to suit the magazine’s requirements. Reflect on what a good layout for a magazine is and why it is important. Finally, view and print a report of your results. This assessment object is one in a series of four objects.

Tags: English

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students compose texts in print form using ICT.
Educational value
  • Assesses the ability of students to place effective page layout features on a magazine page grid to maximise impact and readability.
  • Uses a page layout software simulator to explore the effect of changes in visual elements on a page.
  • Provides scaffolded activities to develop student's skill in manipulating visual elements of a magazine page layout to improve readability.
  • Includes texts that illustrate good and poor magazine page layouts.
  • Introduces and reinforces the terms used in page layout.
  • Demonstrates how the placement of text and images on a page can improve readability.
  • Requires students to write about what they have learned about magazine page layout.
  • Includes the option to print a report of the student's performance.
Year level


Learning area
  • english
  • English/Literacy
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Practical activity;
    • Communication activity;
    • Comprehension activity

    Other details

    • Script writer
    • Name: Annemaree O'Brien
    • Address: Hawthorn VIC 3122 Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Trevor Poultney
    • Address: Fitzroy North VIC 3068 Australia
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Jun 2011
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    • Educational validator
    • Organisation: Lynne Darkin
    • Address: Brunswick East VIC 3057 Australia
    • Copyright holder
    • Organisation: Lonely Planet Images
    • Remarks: The following photographs have been reproduced with permission of Lonely Planet Images: a hippopotamus; giraffes; an olive baboon; a lion showing aggression; a lioness and cubs in the Masai Mara National Park; a dolphin with a trainer at Sea World; bottlenose dolphins swimming.
    Access profile
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Assessment resource
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 6.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: 3.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 3.0 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: X
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: 2000 - maximum version: Vista
    Platform requirements
    • This object may not display correctly on the Mac OS X platform in Safari unless viewed with Flash 9 Player 9, 0, 24 (for Safari). Use of earlier increments of the Flash 9 Player may result in playback issues on both PowerPC and Intel based hardware. Indications of an incompatible player are looping and/or flashing animations which are likely to relate to flawed interaction with the API or rendering engine Due to the use of rich media content, this learning object is suitable for a connection speed of 256 kbit/s or faster.
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2011, except where indicated under Acknowledgements