Students as Creators: Exploring Multimedia

This lesson plan guides students through creating a multimedia presentation. It includes student friendly planning sheets and self-assessments. By introducing students to the genre of multimedia presentations, the lesson helps students plan and create their own presentations. The ideas are open-ended, allowing the teacher to tailor the material to appropriate topics. This site leads the teacher through the process of creating mutimedia presentations. It affords students the opportunity to interact with sources.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
CLE 3102.3.6
Understand and use relations and functions in various representations to solve contextual problems.
GLE 0801.7.4
Apply and adapt the principles of written composition to create coherent media productions.
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Learning objectives: 

Student Objectives:

Students will

  • analyze an online multimedia presentation to identify characteristics of the genre
  • identify modes of text that are most effective for their audience and purpose
  • create an original multimedia presentation

Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Extension suggestions: 


  • Tie the multimedia project to a content-area research project and use it as an alternative assessment of students' learning. 
  • Collaborate with music and art teachers to have students create a multimedia project showcasing their own music, art, and/or creative writing. 
  • Tie the multimedia project in with literature you are reading in class. Help students relate the literature to their own lives by selecting an "inspiration point" from the literature and creating a multimedia work to celebrate that inspiration or to convince or inspire others. This activity could be very effective with English Language Learners. 
  • Have students create a multimedia presentation to advocate for a cause that is important to them. Explore the effectiveness of multimedia for persuasive writing.

Helpful Hints

Materials and Tehnology:

  • Projector for showing a Website (optional)


  • Image and Sound Organizer 
  • Multimedia Project Assignment Sheet 
  • Multimedia Project Planning Sheet 
  • Multimedia Project Storyboard 
  • Multimedia Tools and Tutorials 
  • Peer Review


  • Online Sources for Finding Works in the Public Domain
  • Multimedia Analysis Chart
  • Multimedia in the Classroom
  • Multimedia Tools and Tutorials
  • National Geographic Sights and Sounds Features
  • ARTSEDGE Multimedia Finder

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