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You Are the Expert

Nirsa Gautier
Orange County Schools


Become a word expert by using reference resources to create a PowerPoint slide, draw and scan a picture into a PowerPoint slide and present the word to the class.


The student uses resources and references such as dictionary, thesaurus, and context to build word meanings.


-Letter-size drawing paper
-Crayons, markers, or colored pencils
-Folder to store student work at center
-Computer with MS PowerPoint and Internet access
-PowerPoint Storyboard, one per student (See Associated File)
-Peer/Teacher Evaluation form, one per student (See Associated File)


Before DAY 1:
1. Create a list with more words than you have students. You may use words from a list you generate at the beginning of the year or use words from the different content areas.
2. Create a folder on the computer for the students to save their slides.
3. Create a folder on the computer for students to save their scanned pictures.
4. Create a model of the PowerPoint slide storyboard. (See Sample Student Slide in Associated File)
5. Download and copy one PowerPoint Storyboard per student. (See Associated File)
6. Download and copy one Peer/Teacher Evaluation form per student. (See Associated File)

After DAY 4:
1. Create one PowerPoint presentation by inserting each student's PowerPoint slide.
2. Create the test on (See Weblinks) from student work by using the student-created sentences, deleting the vocabulary word, and offering two to three word choices for students to choose from.


1. Prerequisite knowledge needed: Using the dictionary--pronunciation guide, parts of speech, definitions; knowledge of context clues; knowledge of creating PowerPoint slides; scanning and saving pictures; saving and retrieving files.

2. Prior to starting the lesson, students brainstorm what an expert is and list some areas they are an expert in such as sports, toys, movies, music, etc. Discuss how an expert helps others outside their field. Explain that they will become an expert in one word to help their classmates learn and use the word of their choosing.

3. Create a class model of a PowerPoint slide storyboard.
a. You can do this by using your chalk/white board and drawing a model of the storyboard. (See Associated File for sample)
b. As a class, choose a word and fill in the necessary elements (word, part of speech, definition, sentence, synonyms and draw a simple picture).
c. If you have a computer projector or a TV presenter (this is a converter that projects the computer image to a television), you can create a model using an actual PowerPoint slide.

DAYS 1–3
1. Students choose one word from the list and check it off to indicate the word has been taken.

2. Using the dictionary, students work together to find, pronounce and write the word, the part of speech, write and discuss the definition of the word with the group, and create one sentence. The sentence must include a clue about the word meaning (context clues).

3. Each student completes a PowerPoint Storyboard (See Associated File) to write the word, part of speech, definition, sentence, and synonyms.

4. Within their group, students find two buddies to proofread their PowerPoint Storyboard. The storyboard must address the criteria presented on the Peer/Teacher Evaluation form. (See Associated File)

5. Students then draw a picture that directly relates to the sentence they have created.

6. Students scan the picture, name their file using their word and save to the correct file.

7. Students create the PowerPoint slide and name it using their word. From the toolbar, students choose insert-picture-from file. Students find their file and insert the picture in the PowerPoint slide.

8. Students ask another student from their group to proofread the completed PowerPoint slide and sign the Peer/Teacher Evaluation form. (See Associated File) After the slide is proofread and corrected as needed, the students save it in the correct folder.

9. Students record their voice to pronounce the word. (This can be done in PowerPoint by clicking on “Insert” from the toolbar. Click on “Movies and Sounds” and click on “Record Sound.”) Have students practice the word before recording.

Students present their word and tell how the picture relates to the word. The student audience answers questions about the word.

Students review the completed PowerPoint slides as a tutorial. They may work in pairs or independently. When ready, the students take the quiz on (See Weblinks)


Students use the Peer/Teacher Evaluation form (See Associated File) throughout the process. After they complete the PowerPoint Storyboard (See Associated File), they need two people from their group to evaluate their work. After they create the PowerPoint slide, they need one person from their group to evaluate the finished product. Finally, the teacher evaluates for publishing. After all the slides have been presented, students view the vocabulary PowerPoint presentation as a review/tutorial with a partner or independently and take the online Quiz. (See Weblinks) If students do not do well the first time, they can review the PowerPoint presentation again and retake the test.

The PowerPoint slide should contain:
1. The word spelled correctly.
2. Accurate pronunciation of the word and the accurate definition of the word.
3. The accurate part of speech.
4. A sentence that includes a context clue that indicates the meaning of the word.
5. A picture that relates to the word and the sentence.
6. Two synonyms for the word.
Note: The students should be able to answer questions to clarify the word meaning.

NETS 3.1-3.2 (Technology Productivity Tools)
1. Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.
2. Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, prepare publications, and produce other creative works.


1. No computers? Create a word poster and a pencil/paper quiz. Students can create one question with possible answers for the quiz.
2. One computer? Students can take turns creating their slides and taking the quiz, or they can complete a paper and pencil quiz.
3. Quiz Alternatives: Teacher-made crossword puzzle or students can create their crossword puzzles from the words and then exchange with another student.

Web Links

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NETS for Students

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