Creating Slideshows

When I first began teaching, I can remember the creative idea of having kids create posters about novels they had read.  They would cut out pictures of celebrities they thought could play the characters, and they would also have pictures representing the setting.  On the back of the poster board was a hand-written or typed paragraph explaining the theme.

Another project I have assigned had students create a hamburger with each ingredient containing a paragraph covering the plot, characters, setting, conflict, and theme.  All of these ideas were designed to have students write, analyze literature, and be creative.

Today there are many websites out there students can use to do the same thing.  One example is .   This website allows users to create slide shows with their own pictures and captions.  When I showed my daughter the site, she begged me to take a break, so she could use my laptop to create a slide show of herself.  Now, with one email, I can send her slide show to all of her teachers.  You can see it first, here:

Now, I use technology to recycle an old idea, and I can have students express themselves, demonstrate knowledge of literary devices and technology, and based on my daughter’s reaction and enthusiasm – a fun project.



Filed under 21st century skills, Lesson Plans

5 responses to “Creating Slideshows

  1. Robin Love

    I’m stealing this idea from you! With all the new stuff I am learning from you, I don’t know how I’m going to fit everything in!!

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  3. Donna

    Awesome ideas as usual! 🙂 Bookmarking that slideshow site for future use.

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