Literacy with ICT Activity Example

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Literacy with ICT Activity Example

Literacy with ICT in the Australian Curriculum

Activity 16: Creating text - Persuasive paragraphs with PowerPoint

Adapted from Lewis (2008)

Australian Curriculum link: (ACELY1700) Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations for defined audiences and purposes incorporating accurate and sequenced content and multimodal elements.

(ACELY1704) Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience.

(ACELY1707) Use a range of software including word processing programs with fluency to construct, edit and publish written text, and select, edit and place visual, print and audio elements.

Lesson Description

Students brainstorm in groups either face-to-face or in an online discussion about two ideas or objects to compare. It might be about going canoeing vs going sailing, going climbing vs going bushwalking etc.

After this, they open the Comparison template which the teacher has made and compare the material. They list items to compare on the first slide of the template. Students then after, title each of the topics and add topic details on subsequent slides.

Finally, students are to refine their details and place them in a sequence that makes sense. They can then begin work to work on their persuasive paragraphs on the slides.


Achievement Standards (English)

  • Understand how language features and vocabulary influence interpretations of characters, settings and events;
  • Use language features to show how ideas can be extended;
  • Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts for different purposes and audiences;
  • They make presentations which include multimodal elements for defined purposes;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of grammar, select specific vocabulary, and use accurate spelling and punctuation when writing.



Higher Order Skills ICT Techniques Australian Curriculum Links

Analysis: Analyse the text of advertisements to recognize the strategies used.

Synthesis: Design advertisements to convey meaning and attract attention; compose a persuasive paragraph to convince the reader to purchase.

Evaluation: Recommend a product and support with persuasive reasons to buy the product.

Insert and format text

Navigate from Outline pane to the slide pane

View slide show

Print in Outline form


English (ACELY1700);
(ACELY1704); (ACELY1707)

ICT Capability LC:
Creating with ICT; Communicating with ICT;
Investigating with ICT.

MS PowerPoint Activity

  1. Students open the Comparison template in PowerPoint in Outline view.
  2. They then click on the Slide pane and click inside the first text box to enter a title for the comparison.
  3. Next they enter their main ideas.
  4. Students then click on Slide 3 in the Outline pane and enter the first topic to compare in the title bar.
  5. They continue entering topics and details.
  6. Students use the Outline pane to jump between slides as details occur to them.
  7. When students have entered all the topics and details they can think of, they can print the slide show in Outline View.
  8. Students refine their details and place them in a sequence that makes sense. Once that is done, they can begin to craft their persuasive paragraphs on the slides.
  9. Students can check for spelling by using the Spell Checker feature of PowerPoint.
  10. Students save the slide show and view it.


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