Let’s wrap up this week’s series of posts with a word about how I made my opinion writing model essay anchor chart. I’m so glad I figured out how to easily enlarge my signs into full-size posters! It’s super easy to do, but does take a little bit of time and patience. The results are worth it, though. Some paper, your printer, scissors, pencil, ruler, and good ol’ Elmer’s School Glue and you’re all set to make your own anchor charts, too.
First, I wrote my opinion writing model essay and formatted it in PowerPoint before saving it as a PDF. Time to print!
- Go to File and click Print.
- Under Page Size and Handling, choose Poster.
- I changed my Tile Size to 250% with an Overlap of 0.005 inches. (You can modify these values as you experiment with this process, but those are the numbers that work for me.)
- Make the sure the check box next to Cut Marks is checked – those will come in handy!
- I usually leave the Orientation the same as the original.
Of course, every printer is different so you might have to make some minor adjustments depending on the make and model of your printer. Also, I use a laser printer paper that is slightly heavier (28 pounds) than your typical copy machine paper. That’s the secret sauce for me. The ever-so-slightly thicker paper doesn’t tear easily as I cut and glue the pieces together. The poster tends to have fewer wrinkles in it once I’ve run it through the laminator, too.
Prepping Your Poster
Your “poster” will come out in nine pages. Lay them out on the floor or table as shown. Remember those handy cut marks I mentioned earlier? Time to connect them together. I prefer a clear acrylic quilter’s ruler and a mechanical pencil to connect those marks because I can see through it and get a nice straight line. Use your ruler to draw lines in pencil from the corner edges of the cut marks. This will give you a continuous line to follow while cutting away the excess paper you don’t need. Do that on all nine pages.
Next you will decide which edges to keep and which edges to cut and throw away. There’s no exact way to do it as long as you leave one edge for glue everywhere you need to connect separate pages. Go through and put a small X with your pencil on those edges you plan to throw away. It’s real easy to cut away an edge and then realize seconds too late that you should have kept it in place. Last, use your ruler again to draw lines around the perimeter of your poster so you have a clean edge. Cut away the excess all around the outer edge.
Putting It All Together
Finally the fun part begins – gluing your prepared pieces together! I like Elmer’s School Glue because (being a school teacher) I have easy access to it all the time. Also, you can get a super thin line right where you want it and it dries very quickly. Be aware that there’s always one tiny area that won’t match up perfectly, but it’s not at all noticeable from a distance. Set your poster aside to dry thoroughly. Due to the size, I get mine laminated using the extra-wide laminator at school. This ensures that the poster stays in one piece, and will be durable to withstand instructional use.
Next week I will share how I incorporate writer’s craft mini-lessons into my oh-so-short writer’s workshop time. Enjoy your weekend! 🙂