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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


Materials and Technology






  • Computers with Internet access
  • One computer with LCD projector
  • Completed persuasive writing essays

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  1. Prepare the computers or tablets for the project.  If students are using Microsoft Photostory, download this program to the computers as well as Windows Media Player so that the completed videos will play.  If the students will be using PowToon, post the website address on a class wiki or website.  If neither option is available, be prepared to tell the students the address of the website.
  2. Use the websites listed to familiarize yourself with which option you have chosen for students to create their presentation.  These websites could also be posted for students to use as they learn the technology.
  3. Bookmark the Image Websites or post them to a class wiki or website. If those options are not available, print one copy for each student of the Image Websites.
  4. Make one copy for each student of the printouts Five-Slide Presentation Rubric and Five-Slide Presentation Planner.
  5. Prior to this lesson, students have completed a persuasive writing assignment to use in session one, such as from one of these lessons:
  6. Look at the website Fifty Creative & Effective Advertising Examples and/or 10 Creative Safe Driving Awareness Ads.  Save to the computer with the LCD projector three to five images that illustrate persuasive arguments, such as encouraging organ donation or discouraging texting while driving.

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