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Persuade Me in Five Slides! Creating Persuasive Digital Stories

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Persuade Me in Five Slides!  Creating Persuasive Digital Stories

Grades 6 – 12
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Kathy Wickline

Kathy Wickline

Tolono, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English



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After students have completed writing persuasive essays, they work to develop their technology skills by creating five-slide narrated presentations that visually and concisely summarize their essays.  The students share their presentations with their classmates and discuss their effectiveness.

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Microsoft Photo Story:  Students can use this free software program to make five-slide narrated videos.

PowToon:  This Web 2.0 tool that requires an e-mail address to create an account is another choice for making the presentations.  This option will allow students to work on their presentations outside of the classroom, too.

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McLaughlin and Allen believe for students to become active readers, they must be supplied with appealing opportunities to learn comprehension strategies.  This lesson includes two of the skills they have identified as important to increase student reading comprehension.  They suggest that students need to practice visualizing what is happening in a text; in this engaging lesson students visualize their arguments from their own writing and share their ideas through their selected five images for their five-slide presentation.  Also, McLauglin and Allen list summarizing, “extracting essential information—including the main idea and supporting details—from text,” as an essential strategy.  Students have the opportunity to practice this skill in this lesson as they concisely summarize their essays in the narration of the presentation.

McLaughlin, M., & Allen, M. (2009). Teacher-Directed Whole-Group Instruction. In Guided Comprehension in Grades 3-8 (pp. 17-32). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

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