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This is a lesson in which students will apply their understanding of x- and y- coordinates and width and height to align and place components in a logo. Students will apply their knowledge to shapes and components on a quiz. Then they will create a staff logo using pixels, points and picas. In creating a new composition, they will use the x- and y- coordinates and predetermined width and height to set the margins, line up components and build proportional design.


  • Students will apply knowledge of coordinates and measurements to create a new product.
  • Students will evaluate a self-created product for precision and alignment of components.

Common Core State Standards

CCSS.ELA.Literacy.W-9-10.2d Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to manage the complexity of a subject.
CCSS.ELA.Literacy.L.9-10.3 Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
CCSS.ELA.Literacy.L.9-10.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 9-10 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
CCSS.ELA.Literacy. L.9-10.6 Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.


90 minutes


Quiz: Coordinates and Dimensions and Key

Quiz, Version 2: Coordinates and Dimensions and Key

Graphing paper (or computers with software such as Adobe InDesign or Photoshop)


Colored pencils


Lesson step-by-step

1. Review — 5 minutes

Conduct a brief review from the previous lesson about points and picas, x- and y- coordinates and width and height as an informal check for understanding.

2. Quiz — 25 minutes

Administer Quiz 1.3: Coordinates and Dimensions, which requires students to apply knowledge of coordinates, measurements and dimensions to scenarios.

3. Guided/independent/group practice — 60 minutes

Students will work in groups or individually (teacher’s choice) to create a class logo or a staff logo. The staff logo should include the following:

  1. School colors
  2. School logo or icon
  3. School year
  4. Publication or class name
  5. Creative design or graphic

Students can use software or graphic design paper to create the logo. For the purpose of this assignment, issue logo dimensions for consistency, or provide a minimum and maximum size range. (Students will revise their logos later after learning about principles of design, color and typography. The purpose of this lesson is merely to create something with elements aligned and aesthetically placed.)

4. Closure — 5 minutes

Students will turn in completed logos at the end of class. Consider sharing a few of them before class ends to showcase student work.


Quiz 1.3: Coordinates and Dimensions