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Lesson Plan

Introduction To Multimedia ~ 6th Grade Computer Technology by ECSDM


English Language Arts (2005)

Grade Levels

Intermediate, 6th Grade


This sixth grade Computer Technology unit will be a culminating project that closes out the marking period. Students will use information from previous projects/units to create a multimedia presentation about themselves. This presentation will include details about their families, their favorite things, hobbies and sports, and their ancestral roots.


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7 days to create presentations
3 days to present
(Each day will consist of a class period that is approximately 45 minutes in length)


Students will:

  • Learn how to effectively and efficiently use the software program Microsoft PowerPoint and its more common tools.
  • Create a multimedia presentation using their research and autobiographical information.
  • Give oral presentations to the class utilizing their newly created presentation.
  • Observe and realize the similarities between the tools and techniques of Microsoft Word, Publisher, and PowerPoint.


  • Computer station for each student
  • Headphones for each student
  • Personal photographs (optional)
  • Multimedia example for modeling (teacher material- example not available)
  • Multimedia Requirements sheet
  • Internet Research sheet (from Unit 3)
  • Autobiography Information sheet (from Unit 4)
  • Grading rubric
  • Procedure

    Day 1: Introduction to Multimedia: Microsoft PowerPoint
    Teacher will:
    Hand out project requirements worksheet and review all details with the class.
    Have a presentation example to show while discussing the requirements.
    Demonstrate the various toolbars and buttons, and their functions and point out similarities between PP and the other Office programs.

    Pay specific attention to the following items on the first day:

    • Creating a new presentation and setting up a slide
    • Writing in the title and text boxes
    • Deleting unwanted title and text boxes
    • Inserting new slides and adjusting layouts
    • Moving freely between slides
    • Inserting WordArt
    • Understanding the different slide views (layout /working slide view versus slide show view)
    • Saving their work

    Students will use their Internet research and autobiography information from previous units as a reference for information for their slides.
    Teacher will encourage students to bring in personal photos to include in their presentations and inform them that a digital photo of them will be taken on Day 2 for their cover slide.

    Day 2: Students will continue creating their slides.
    Students will have their photos taken so that it may be used on their cover slide.
    Teacher will demonstrate how to create and edit the graphic organizer that goes on slide 3.
    Teacher will remind and encourage students to use the spell-check function.

    Day 3: Students will begin customizing their slides.
    Teacher will:
    Demonstrate how to insert graphics, with choices being either clipart, pictures from the Internet or scanned personal photos. Students will use only the "Pics4Learning" website to obtain pictures from the Internet. (See link below)
    Remind students to document the websites from any photos taken from the Internet on slide 8.
    Demonstrate how to add background color and designs.
    Remind students at this point that they may edit their text for font style, size and color. The editing techniques will be the same as they were in Word. All fonts must be edited for style and color.
    Students will not customize the graphic organizer. This technique will be done on Day 4.

    Day 4: Students will continue working on their slides.
    Teacher will:
    Demonstrate how to customize the graphic organizer.
    Demonstrate where to find and how to insert digital camera photos for the cover slides.
    Demonstrate how to use the "order" function to send photos to the back or bring to the front.
    Review the "Organized Chain of Events" list on the second page of their requirements sheet. This should be used as a checklist for students so that they do not forget any of the required elements of the project.
    Remind students to use the full screen view to see what their slides will look like full size.

    Day 5: Students will continue working on their slides.
    Students will work on their slides to complete all requirements. Students will refer to their requirements sheet. At the end of the class, all students should be ready to add animation and sound.

    Day 6: Students will apply slide transitions and custom animation.
    Teacher will demonstrate how to:
    Add Slide Transitions to connect their slides.
    Add a sound to the transition.
    Apply custom animation to the items on their slides and set the timing for each item.

    Day 7: Students will put all finishing touches on their slides and prepare for their presentations.
    Teacher will review slide transitions and custom animation and make specific mention to transitions being "on mouse click" and custom animation being "after previous/on the clock".
    Teacher will also initiate a class discussion on ways in which students can prepare for their oral presentations.

    Day 8, 9, 10: Students will give oral presentations to the class using their newly created presentations.
    Teacher will review with students ways to give a successful presentation. Class will discuss the do's and don't when presenting.
    Teacher will demonstrate and discuss the use of the SMART Board.


    Students will be assessed on completion of the unit based on the attached rubric which includes their oral presentations.

  • Grading Rubric

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