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2013 Southern Nevada Writing Project Summer Institute. Good Morning!. Day Seven Agenda. Scribe Report, Breakfast, Browsing Ticket out the Door Review Effective Presentation Tips: “Seven Deadly Sins. . .” “Where do you stand?” Paula Laub & Linda Avendano

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day seven agenda
Day Seven Agenda

Scribe Report, Breakfast, Browsing

Ticket out the Door Review

Effective Presentation Tips: “Seven Deadly Sins. . .”

“Where do you stand?” Paula Laub & Linda Avendano

Taking a stand: Reading and writing argument

LUNCH- Response Groups

Teaching Demo Workshop Discussion – The debrief process

Research Time

Silent Share

Ticket out the Door

the seven deadly sins of powerpoint presentations

The Seven Deadly Sins of PowerPoint Presentations

Adapted from About.com

Dr. Joseph Sommerville



“The key to success is to make certain your slide show is a visual aid and not a visual distraction.”

deadly sin 1 poor use of transitions and sound effects
Deadly Sin #1Poor use of transitions and sound effects
  • Can be a distraction to your audience
  • Takes focus away from the message
  • Leave the fade-ins, fade-outs, wipes, blinds, dissolves, checkerboards, cuts, covers and splits to Hollywood filmmakers.
deadly sin 2 standard clipart
Deadly Sin #2Standard Clipart

The widely used clipart included with the Powerpoint program has become a “visual cliché.”

Make certain that you need your graphics to enhance your message.

deadly sin 4 text heavy slides
Deadly Sin #4Text-Heavy Slides

Projected slides are a good medium for depicting an idea graphically or providing an overview. They are a poor medium for detail and reading. Avoid paragraphs, quotations and even complete sentences. Limit your slides to five lines of text and use words and phrases to make your points. The audience will be able to digest and retain key points more easily. Don’t use your slides as speaker’s notes or to simply project an outline of your presentation.

deadly sin 6 reading
Deadly Sin #6 Reading.

An oral presentation should focus on interactive speaking and listening, not reading by the speaker or the audience. The demands of spoken and written language differ significantly. Spoken language is shorter, less formal and more direct. Reading text ruins a presentation. A related point has to do with handouts for the audience. One of your goals as a presenter is to capture and hold the audience’s attention. If you distribute materials before your presentation, your audience will be reading the handouts rather than listening to you. Often, parts of an effective presentation depend on creating suspense to engage the audience. If the audience can read everything you’re going to say, that element is lost.

deadly sin 7 faith in technology
Deadly Sin #7Faith in Technology
  • Be prepared by having a back-up of your presentation on a CD-ROM.
  • Better yet is a compact-flash memory card with an adapter for the PCMCIA slot in your notebook. With it, you can still make last-minute changes.
  • Use generic fonts so they don’t change on a different system.
  • Be cautious incorporating music or video.
questions to consider
Questions to Consider:


What is the author’s message? What are the implications?


How does the author use language to communicate the message to her audience?


Why do these strategies succeed at persuading her audience?

special assignment for wednesday
Special Assignment for Wednesday

Please bring a piece of writing (a book, an article, a poem, etc.) you read recently that moved you as a reader.

The text does not need to be something you used in your classroom.

We will be exploring these texts in new ways in an effort to question our assumptions about fiction and nonfiction; narrative writing and argument.

ticket out the door
Ticket out the Door:
  • What stood out for you today?
  • What questions or concerns do you have at this point?
  • What book or piece of writing are you considering bringing with you tomorrow?