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Visual Aids Lesson: Making & Using Better Slideshows in Public Speaking

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7th - 12th
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Are your students giving you Death by PowerPoint? Staring at the screen instead of the audience? Turning in presentations that look more like an outline than a TED talk?

This one-day lesson breaks down the what, why, and how of creating more engaging slideshows for school and the adult world.

Use this before your next speech or presentation assignment! A great launching point for CCSS SL.5, your students will be ready for your next project; this lesson explains different types and philosophies for visual aids so that you can then specify which ones you want to happen in your class.

This lesson would work well for ANY class of middle or high school students that isn’t creating grade level work or needs scaffolding and/or differentiation. (Though I am currently a middle school teacher now, I know a lot of high school seniors who still don’t know and/or execute these skills!)

It includes a pre-written "I can" statement/objective, agenda, content, a video link to watch, links to follow-up articles for further reading/discussion, a quiz, and an optional bonus activity.

Check out the PREVIEW to see more thumbnails and the lesson agenda!

This EDITABLE 25-slide, 6-page download includes:

1. PowerPoint lesson

2. Guided Notes

3. Answer Key

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Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.
Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.
Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.
Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims and findings and emphasize salient points.


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