I do like to visually guide my students through a learning goal by creating Power Points but it takes me a long time to create them. I’ve been using another method, finding an existing Power Point on that learning goal and then adding my own Power Point for any missing points or things I want to emphasize. An easy way to find Power Points is to put the category such as narrative writing in quotations “narrative writing” and add .ppt (the ending for Power Point files) so the search would look like “narrative writing” +.ptt. A search for a Civil War Power Point would look like “Civil War” +.ppt while a search for a Power Point on the Three Little Pigs would appear as “The Three Little Pigs” +.ppt.
I found that within a few minutes of searching I can usually find a Power Point that captures much of what I want the students to learn. Then I create a mini-Power Point to add any additional information and I call it the topic plus “more” such as “NarrativeMore”. I have cut my creation down drastically and often have a learning tool that is much better than I had thought of.