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Designing Effective Poster Presentations

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Designing Effective Poster Presentations

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Seven 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

ReadWriteThink Notetaker

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

ReadWriteThink Notetaker

Useful for a wide variety of reading and writing activities, this outlining tool allows students to organize up to five levels of information.

 

Compare & Contrast Map

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Compare & Contrast Map

The Compare & Contrast Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for different kinds of comparison essays.

 

Persuasion Map

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Persuasion Map

The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.

 

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PREPARATION

  • This lesson is designed to explore poster design, following a class research project. For additional resources on teaching research and inquiry, see the Websites listed in the Resources section.

  • Arrange for a place and adequate time for your final poster presentation:

    • This project works especially well for collaborative projects, where classes view each other’s work over the course of two class sessions.

    • Choose a location for your poster session with plenty of open space to allow viewers to flow through the presentations. If the classroom is not large enough, the cafeteria or school library are good choices. Depending upon your school, you may also be able to use space in the hallway outside the classroom.

    • Arrange for tables and any additional materials that are available at your school. For example, you may have easels that can be borrowed from the art classroom.

    • If bulletin boards or wall space is possible for displaying posters, arrange for thumb tacks, staplers, and tape.

  • Print copies of the 60-Second Poster Evaluation, 60-Second Poster Evaluation Chart, 60-Second Poster Evaluation Notes (optional), and Poster Session Rubric.

  • As relevant for the different projects that students will complete, make copies of the Persuasion Map Planning Sheet and Compare and Contrast Chart Graphic Organizer.

  • If computers are not available in the classroom, make copies of sample posters from one or more of the following sites: ALA Poster Sessions, Images of Physical Posters, and NCSU Example Posters. Students will analyze the posters in small groups. Allow at least three posters per group.

  • Review the Poster Presentations Websites listed in the Resources section, and determine which are appropriate for your class. These guidelines can be used as additional resources or read and reviewed in the class, depending upon the level of support students need.

  • Test the Persuasion Map, Compare & Contrast Map, and ReadWriteThink Notetaker on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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