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Keywords: PowerPoint, Creative Writing, Clipart
Subject(s): Art, Animation, Technology, Writing, English/Language Arts
Grades 5 through 8
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
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School: A.S. Faust Intermediate Elementary School, East Rutherford, NJ
Planned By: Rebecca Hersh
Original Author: Rebecca Hersh, East Rutherford
Objective: Students will use PowerPoint to write a story, use clipart to create digital illustrations, and add animations to their storybook.

Cross-Content Connections:
Language Arts
Art

Materials:
Internet
Word Processor
Microsoft PowerPoint
Projector

Activity:
1.Students will use a story-starter from Scholastic.com to brainstorm a creative story.

2.Students will type their story in a word processor, like Microsoft Word.

3.Students will transfer 2-4 sentences to each slide of a PowerPoint.

4.Students will use clipart collections and graphic programs to create illustrations for their story in Microsoft PowerPoint.
a.Each slide will be composed of several clipart images put together to create.
complete scene.

5.Students will animate their illustrations in PowerPoint.

6.Students will add sound effects to their storybooks.

7.Students will present their stories to the class.
a. Students will evaluate their peers’ presentations.

Closure: Each day, students will answer a ‘key question’ as an exit ticket.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Link to English classes.
Follow-Up
Students can share their stories with younger peers.
Links: Scholastic Story-Starter
Materials: Projectors, Projector Screens, LCD Monitors, Keyboards, Writing, Word Processor, Slideshow, Clip Art