Cloze Passage Wizard
Designed By Martin Fitzgibbons
ę Rush Software 1997 - 1999
Program Testing Russell Fitzgibbons
Cloze Passage Wizard Contents
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Hard Disk Installation
To install Cloze Passage Wizard on a Hard Disk, insert the Cloze Passage Wizard disk in any drive and double-click on the "CLOZE" disk icon. Drag the "CLOZE WIZARD" drawer onto your Hard Disk. (You have now copied the program from the floppy disk to your Hard Disk. Store the master disk in a safe place or even make a copy of the disk to serve as a backup. Replacement disks will cost you $10 plus postage)
To load Cloze Passage Wizard simply open the "CLOZE WIZARD" drawer and double-click on the "CLOZE" program icon.
IBM Compatible Machines
Insert disk into drive A:
From the Program Manager select the File Menu and choose RUN
Type A :\Setup and press Enter
Follow the installation instructions and a new program group and icons will be installed. Double-click the CLOZE program icon to start.
Windows 95 users should choose ˝Add New Programţ from the Control Panels
A Cloze passage is a reading passage in which the words have been systematically removed. The reader is asked to fill in the spaces with an appropriate replacement word.
Cloze procedure forces students to use their understanding of syntax, grammar and semantics (meaning) to make meaningful guesses about the missing word. It slows down the reading so that students concentrate on the meaning of the text.
Cloze Passage Wizard is a powerful teaching utility that allows for quick and easy production of cloze passage exercises and a range of other language based worksheets.
Students often need to see text in a range of different formats to fully understand the meaning of terms and phrases used. Cloze Passage Wizard follows in the footsteps of our highly successful Cloze Passage Wizard, giving Teachers a similarly easy to use interface and professional printouts. Cloze Passage Wizard features;
Ideally suited to LOTE, English and all language intensive subject
In Cloze passages, words may be deleted on the basis of:
When using Cloze as a teaching strategy remember that Dependent Readers cope best with Cloze where 1 word in every 12 - 15 words is removed. Less Dependent Readers cope with best with Cloze where 1 word in every 8 - 10 words is removed and Independent Readers cope best with Cloze where 1 word in every 5 - 8 words is removed.
Points to remember:
Creating a Cloze
To create a cloze passage follow these steps;
Select this option to clear the currently displayed cloze. You will be asked
if you want to clear the cloze. Select YES to clear the cloze or NO to
continue working with the currently displayed cloze.
When selected, a dialog box will appear asking you to select a file from the
list of clozes. Select a file and click on OK to open the cloze.
When selected, the current cloze will be saved. If there is no filename
The cloze, a dialog box will appear asking you to enter a filename. Enter a
filename and click OK. The cloze will be saved under that filename.
When selected the text of the current cloze can be saved as a text file. You may wish to do this if you want to import the file into a wordprocessor. A dialog box will appear asking you to enter a filename. Enter a filename and click OK. The text will be saved under that filename.
Use this option to save the cloze under a different filename.
Use this option to print your cloze. A new window will open with various
print options available. See the Print Page Options further in the manual
for full details.
Select this option to change the font for the cloze. A font dialog box will
open. Select your font style and select OK. Macintosh users just select a font
from the menu. You may need to experiment with different font styles and sizes
to determine the most suitable for your needs and student
Create Custom List
Allows you to create a custom list of words for extraction from the passage.
Enter words into the field, pressing Enter or selecting Add. You can edit any
word in the list by clicking on it, or cycle through your wordlist by selecting
Next or Previous. Select Save to save your list. Enter a name for the list and
then click on OK. The list will then be saved under that filename. You can then
apply the words in the custom list to your cloze, removing those words from the
Edit Custom List
Allows you to edit a Custom List. Enter or edit words as described in the
Create section. Select Save to save your wordlist.
Edit Cloze Text
Allows you to edit the current cloze passage text or in the case of a new cloze, create the text for your cloze passage. Please note that if you edit the text all words that are are currently removed will be replaced.
Remove specified word
Allows you to specify a word to be removed from the cloze. All occurrences of
that word are removed from the passage. Enter the word to be removed in the
field and press Enter. The word is case sensitive. For example, if you enter
"the" it will only remove that word not "The" or "THE".
Remove every nth word
Allows you to remove every nth word in the passage. Enter the number to
remove and every nth word will be removed. For example if you want to remove
every 5th word enter 5.
Use Custom List
Select this option to apply your previously created custom list to the current cloze passage. The words, also case sensitive, will be removed from the cloze passage.
Opens this Help File. If you wish to find a specific word in the Help topics, enter the word in the find field and press Enter. If the word exists it will be displayed IN RED along with the appropriate topic. Pressing Enter again will find the next occurrence of the word. You can also print the currently displayed topic at any time.
Select this option to quit the Cloze Passage Wizard.
Select this option to clear the selected words in your cloze passage.
Print Page Options
When you arrive at this screen you are presented with a sample worksheet of a standard cloze. Clicking on any of the 12 worksheet buttons on the right will present you with a sample of that worksheet. Use the Print Preview button to view your text as a worksheet. You can add graphics or change the size of your font by selecting the appropriate buttons.
There are four layouts available for most of the worksheet styles;
Select the layout to use and a preview will be displayed in the centre of the screen. To place a graphic, double click on the graphic box and then select a bitmap file to use. Some sample graphics are included. We recommend using the range of educational clip art available from New Horizons. You can change an existing graphic by double-clicking on it.
Print - Prints the currently displayed cloze
Print Preview - Displays a 100% view of your worksheet
Clear Graphic - Clears the graphic in the box/boxes
Close - Closes the print window and returns to the Creator Page
Help - Displays this help file
Font - Allows you to change the font and size being used in the cloze
Opens this Help File. If you wish to find a specific word in the Help
topics, enter the word in the find field and press Enter. If the word
exists it will be displayed IN RED along with the appropriate topic.
Pressing Enter again will find the next occurrence of the word. You can
also print the currently displayed topic at any time.
Cloze Worksheet Styles
There are twelve styles to choose from. Clicking on a style will display a preview of the style, plus a short description of the style will be written in the box at the bottom right side of the screen. Also check the manual for sample copies of all worksheets.
0 - 43% correct - Student cannot read the material with any understanding or fluency. Alternative material should be used.
44% - 60% correct - Students can handle the material with help
61% - 100% correct - Students have little or no difficulty with the material.
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