1.)Pass out student handout for activity. Show samples created by teacher. Discuss samples: how it would be used, messages conveyed, and how it reflected the attitudes of the times. Have students select theme or themes they wish to research such as rationing, conservation, or patriotism, etc. (See attachments for handouts.)
2.)Create folder on computer to save files and images. This folder will be saved on the server or to a floppy disk.
3.)Show students how to access Internet search engines such as those included below and use Boolean operators to narrow the search results. Have students locate and save information and images to the folder and print a hard copy of the information as needed. Students should also take written notes or otherwise document bibliographic information.
)Comprehensive Internet search engine
(Alabama Virtual Library
)Extensive collection of reference materials, including encyclopedias and periodicals.
6.)Instruct students to lay out a rough draft of the slides to be created on plain paper using their research information and noting the images they want to include.
7.)Briefly go over the use of Powerpoint or other presentation software to be used. Students will then creat slideshows using their images and information following the guidelines on the handout. (See "Powerpoint Student Handout" attachment.)
8.)Assign partners for students to share and critique projects.
9.)Allow time for students to edit and polish the presentations.
10.)Allow class time for students to present their slideshows to the class. Encourage students to take notes on pertinent points developed through the presentations.
11.)Students will print out and turn in the a hard copy of the PowerPoint slides and the rough draft. Use the rubric (see attached) for evaluating the slideshows. The teacher may wish to make notes and comments on the hard copy that students turn in and give to students as feedback.