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How to Create a PowerPoint Presentation

Sheila Sexton


This activity is designed to help students become familiar with creating a PowerPoint presentation. After being given a demonstration of how PowerPoint works, students create a PowerPoint slide presention that can be used in another subject area.


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.


-Big screen TV with LCD converter box
-PowerPoint program on all computers
-Packet handout of instructions on how to create slides in PowerPoint
-PowerPoint Presentation Checklist
-Computer Rotation Schedule


1. Prepare PowerPoint handouts and checklists.
2. Gather computer disks.
3. Prepare PowerPoint demo for class.
4. Prepare computer rotation schedule with group names.
5. Obtain LRC time or gather research materials.


1. Ask students what kinds of things make a presentation of information interesting. Help them to see that visuals enhance presentations. Share with students that they will be learning about PowerPoint slides in order to make a presentation more interesting. Show a brief slide show that you have prepared. Allow students a few minutes to decide on a topic. Those that cannot decide will have choice of 3 that are listed on the instruction sheet, however, creating a PowerPoint that can be used in another class would be more beneficial. Distribute the instruction packets on PowerPoint. Encourage students to take notes as you go over them.

2. Do a demonstration on how to create slides, add pictures, add sound, etc. while students follow along and take notes in their packets.

3. Ask students for their slide topics. (You may want to allow students to work in groups to begin with but each student must have a PowerPoint to assess. Pair more technological savvy kids with those who aren't.)

4. Give out the checklist for assessing PowerPoint presentations and go over it. Distribute blank disks and have students put their names on them. Establish a place for students to put the disks at the end of each class.

5. Set up a computer rotation schedule or divide the class into groups so that one group is in the LRC researching while another uses the computers.

6. Circulate and offer feedback as students work. Note those that are having difficulty and refer them to the packet of instructions.

7. Allow students to work on creating a PowerPoint presentations. You will need to set a time schedule for research and computer work based on your students' abilities.

8. When finished allow students make PowerPoint presentations to each other using the checklist. Give additional time for students to make any corrections/additions based on the peer feedback.

9. Allow students to present their slides shows and assess them based on the checklist.


Assess students' PowerPoint presentations through a checklist. (See associated file) Content is not assessed, however, offer feedback for obvious errors and errors in writing conventions.

Note: Circulate and formatively assess students as they use the technology tools. Provide assistance for students who are experiencing difficulty and monitor accordingly.


Modifications: Students who need a little one-on-one help will sign up for extra computer time. Each group also has handwritten instructions on how to navigate through PowerPoint.

Web Links

Use this site to demonstrate and print out instructions for students to use.
How to Create PowerPoint

Attached Files

Checklist for PowerPoint Presentation     File Extension: pdf

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