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Paw-er up for PowerPoint

Michelle Gowan
Liberty County Schools


Students learn how to display research material in PowerPoint slide format. This is the second lesson in a unit called, "Dog gone Paw-erful Writing and Presenting with PowerPoint."


The student uses a graphic organizer to clarify meaning of text.

The student organizes and interprets information from a variety of sources for a school or real-world task.

The student uses electronic technology appropriate to writing tasks (including but not limited to the Internet, databases and software) to create, revise, retrieve, and verify information.


-Pen or pencil
-Access to computers with PowerPoint and Internet access for students
-Notebook paper
-Overhead projector
-Blank transparency and overhead marking pen
-Transparency of rubric (See Extensions)
-Transparency and copies of PowerPoint directions for each student or team (See Associated File)
-Computer to TV or large screen presentation system
-Printer along with sufficient paper and ink cartridge for students to print their PowerPoint slides


1. Students should have already researched information for three subtopic areas to complete the project.
2. Request access to a computer lab or mini-lab for creation of the Powerpoint presentation for at least three days. Visit the computer lab ahead of time to assure the software, including the Internet, is properly installed and accessible.
3. Print the How To Instructions for the PowerPoint slide creation. (see associated file)
4. Students should have research information readily available via note cards, etc.
5. Create an assigned seating chart for the computer lab to assure on task behavior.
6. Provide, as needed, orientation to the computer lab along with rules and expectations while in the lab.
7. Become familiar with PowerPoint and follow steps included in the student handout to assure their accuracy.
8. Determine how students will save presentations, e.g., on the server, hard drive, or disk and make preparations by making any disks available, arranging for drive or server space, etc. in advance.


Days 5-7 Paw-er Up for PowerPoint
1. Return student index cards with appropriate comments. Reinforce any skills or directions students may require prior to transferring information into PowerPoint format. Also, prepare to hold mini conferences with those students needing extra help with completing the note cards satisfactorily.

2. Distribute the PowerPoint Step-by-Step handout. Using the computer to TV or large screen connection, instruct students to observe while setting up a presentation according to the instructions using arbitrary information for each page. Use three of the subtopics as noted in Day 1 to create Pages 2-4.

3. Instruct students on the required procedure for saving projects.

4. Share the Dog Gone ‘Paw’-erful Writing with PowerPoint Presentation Rubric with students each day and make copies available in the lab to keep student work on task and according to criteria. Another possibility would be to make an overhead available in the lab to display during lab time.

5. Escort students to the computer lab and direct them to any assigned workstations.

6. Assure that each student has a copy of the PowerPoint Step-By-Step handout to follow during their computer time.

7. Circulate among students as they work on their projects and assist as needed. Reinforce the scoring rubric continuously during work time and conduct formative assessments of student products. Provide feedback where needed.
At least 15 minutes prior to the close of each lab session, direct and monitor students to save projects as previously determined. Announce prior to the last computer lab date when the finished product will be due.

8. (Optional) Collect the PowerPoint Step-By-Step instructions so they will be readily available for computer lab days.

9. On Day 7, collect index cards, instruction sheets, any computer disks, etc. as desired.

10. Day 7 or project completion day only: With at least 15 minutes remaining, or as soon as students are done, direct students to print their slides. This will be helpful for student preparation to present and for teacher evaluation.

11. Summatively assess the PowerPoint slides using the rubric and note cards using the appropriate criteria. The rubric and the criteria are available in the Unit Plan. See Extensions for the link.


Formatively assess students on completion of Dog Gone Paw-erful PowerPoint slides in accordance with the associated rubric and note cards in accordance with the appropriate criteria. See step 11 of Procedures for more information.
(See associated file for Rubric.)


The Beacon Unit Plan associated with this lesson can be viewed by clicking on the link located at the top of this page or by using the following URL: Once you select the unit’s link, scroll to the bottom of the unit plan page to find the section, Associated Files. This section contains links to the Unit Plan Overview, Diagnostic and Summative Assessments, additional lesson plans, and other associated files (if any).

Attached Files

Step by Step Directions for completing a PowerPoint project.     File Extension: pdf

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