In the high school I teach at, I've been doing a Microsoft Office course over the past semester. We did:
This is the Final Project. This magazine design takes 4 weeks to do.
Week 1: Ad and filler designs
Week 2: Writing and designing your personal magazine articles
Week 3: Designing your peers' magazine articles
Week 4: Putting it all together in a finished magazine
Hopefully by the end of this portion of the class, you'll be comfortable and competent using MS Publisher.