Today we take a closer look at the popular ASF, the kids question template.
WHEN TO USE IT This package can be used in a number of ways. First of all, it can be used on the opinion page to get reaction from a classroom of students about a specific topic or issue of the day. Getting a child's perspective on whether or not the U.S. should send a manned mission to Mars is a good example of a question to ask kids. The package also can be used as a side bar to a story that impacts school-aged children. For example, with a story about, say, city council voting on a water park proposal, getting kids to chime in would be a great angle.
HOW TO USE IT This template requires 14 mugs and responses set over a 4-column package. The package can be edited to focus on only seven people by simply deleting the bottom row of mugs. For this package to be effective, all responses must have mugs and all mugs must have responses. Getting youngsters to respond with more than a single-word answer requires an open-ended question, a question that doesn't allow for a single-word response.
WHERE TO FIND IT This ASF is available in QuarkXPress versions 4, 6 and 7, as well as InDesign versions CS, CS2 and CS3. All templates and fonts can be found here.
Joe Greco is corporate design director for GateHouse Media.
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