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Suitable for UK Key Stage 2, 3, 4 & 5 - USA 2nd to 12th Grade (Age 7 - adult)
Recommended Minimum System: PC, Windows 95/NT4 or better e.g. XP, Vista, Windows 7, (Mac users click here), 16MB Ram, Pentium 166, sound card.
Easily create and try missing word exercises. Examples included plus the ability to remove words from pre-defined lists some of which are included in the installation e.g. pronouns, possessive adjectives etc. Program includes an uninstall facility. Compressed file size - 1.01 MB.
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How To Use
First choose a button on the screen to start. One is marked Create/Edit An Exercise and the other, Try An Exercise.
Try An Exercise Screen
On this screen you will see a drop down list of available exercise files at the top of the screen. Drop down this list and select an exercise.
The text of your selected exercise will appear in the text area and a list of missing words to the right of this. In the text itself, blank spaces marked with a red line, show where the missing words are. Read the text through carefully before trying to add any missing words. The first missing word in the list should be highlighted. To place the highlighted word in the list, back into the text, simply left mouse click on the blank area marked with a red line, where you think that word should appear. To remove that word and place it back in the list, right mouse click on it.
Once you have filled all the blanks with the words from the list, click on the Check Your Answers button at the bottom of the screen. Your answers will then be checked and a progress report and indicator will be shown below the text. Once checked you will be shown how many you managed to get right. If you correctly identified all, then a certificate scroll will appear at the bottom, which you can click on to go to the certificate screen. If you did not manage to get all the words correct, then you will be able to right mouse click any word you think is wrong, to put it back into the list and try another position. To try another position, it must be back to blank with a red line, before it will accept a new word.
Create/Edit An Exercise Screen
In addition to the button on the first screen, this can be selected from the top menu under Program and allows you to create and edit your own exercise files. Drop down the top box to select a file to edit or click the Create A New File button. Type in your text or paste it (using right mouse click) from another program e.g. Microsoft Word. To create a blank word there are two options as follows:
1. Highlight one with your mouse then right click. Choose 'Mark as blank word' from the menu. This word will then appear in the list on the right. The word itself will be shown in red in the text and have X( added to either side. These are markers and do not appear in the Try An Exercise screen or the print out/copy facility. To undo a marked word, highlight one including the x('s, then right click and choose 'Undo mark'.
2. Clicking the 'Search' button on this screen will produce a small window with a facility to look through your text and pick out words based on one of 6 preferences. These preferences are selected by clicking one of the radio buttons next to each one. They include finding words of a length that you specify, either equal to, more than or less than a specific number of letters. It can find words that begin or end with letters that you specify by typing them into the small text boxes next to the appropriate selection. Finally you can choose a list of words from the drop down menu, that the facility can search for. These lists can be added to or edited by clicking the View/Edit button. This will show a screen with a text box in the middle where you can type in your own list, pressing Return/Enter after each word. You can clear the box in the middle by clicking the Clear button. It is important to remember to press Return/Enter after the last word as otherwise it may not show up in your list when saved. The button to the left of the input text box is a Quick Help button which will display a basic set of instructions, when clicked.
In the text input box you can use the Copy and Paste commands together with Undo, Cut, Delete and Select All. These commands can be accessed by right clicking in the text box. To copy a list from elsewhere, click and drag your mouse pointer over a list of words in any text, word or html (web page) file (they must be arranged in a column) and then while they are highlighted, right mouse click to produce a pop up menu. Choose Copy and this will copy the highlighted words to your computer's clipboard (memory). Then in the text box in this program choose Paste from the right click menu and the words copied will appear in the box. Other commands in Edit menu include Undo, which undoes the last thing you did, Cut which is like copy except it removes the selected text, Delete which erases any selected text and Select All which highlights all the text shown ready for copying or deleting.
A list can be saved by clicking the Save button. This will produce a pop up window with a box where you can type in a name for your word list. When typing a name for your file there is no need to worry about adding any file extensions like .wds, .txt etc., just a name you can remember is all that's needed. Clicking the Save button will save it for future sessions.
On this screen you can also choose to open a previously saved list to edit by clicking the Open button. Choose the list to open from the pop up window which appears and this will be loaded into the text box in the middle. Make any alterations and then click the Save button, to save it as the current name or as a new list.
The Import button allows you to open text lists saved in other formats. Almost any format of text can be imported here such as txt, rtf, etc.
The 2nd of the above two facilities adds all the words it finds to the green text list on the main screen. Each word here can be double clicked to mark it in the text as a blank word and add it to the top list. There is also a Mark All button which goes through the entire green list, marking each word and adding them automatically to the top list.
On the main Create/Edit screen there is also a password facility to prevent access to the edit facility if required. Check the small box at the bottom of the screen to activate it. A password is required to be typed in and will be asked for, if this screen is requested from the top menu in the future. To turn off the feature at any time, just uncheck the box.
Click on this button in the Create/Edit Exercise Screen to access the facility to print out or copy your exercise. This facility prints out the text with the blank words shown as a line. It includes a heading and the missing words are shown below the text. The whole thing is in black and white for easy, economical printing. Select the Print button to print out your exercise. Select the Copy button to copy the exercise in this format for pasting into another text application.
When you get full marks in a tried exercise, a Certificate scroll will appear on the main screen. Clicking it will take you to the Certificate screen where you can print out a certificate and/or save it for printing out at a later time. Also, in the top menu under Options you can move to the Certificate screen at any time. To save a certificate click on the Save button and enter a name for it in the dialogue window that appears. To open an old certificate click the Open button and choose your file from the browser window that appears. To move back to the program, click the Back button in the bottom left of the screen.
Please note that the save feature does not save any score to continue with, it just saves your certificate.
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