West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Revised September 2010

Subject: Advanced Graphic Communications Trade               

Grade: 11 - 12

Unit: Substrates                                                                                       

Pacing: 2 weeks

Essential Question(s):

  • What are substrates and how are they used?
  • What type of information can be found by reading a paper label?
  • How are large sheets of paper cut into press size sheets?

Big Idea:

  • There is much more to know about paper than just calling it “paper.”

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

  • Identify common substrates used in printing.  D20 – Pg 85
  • Compare and contrast the physical differences between substrates.  D21 – pg 85
  • Select correct substrates for specific printing functions. D22 –pg 85
  • Understand personal safety when operating power paper cutter and bindery equipment. F30 - 86

 “Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)


  1. Characteristics of substrates and their applications.
  2. Basic sheet size and basis weight.
  3. Paper label termonology and abreviations used.
  4. Calculating paper cuts.




  1. Identify the basic characteristics of various types of paper.
  2. Explain basic size and basis weight of paper.
  3. Select the proper paperweight for various types of print applications.
  4. Calculate paper cuts.
  5. Cut press size sheets from larger sheet sizes.
  6. Safely operate a power paper cutter.