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Microsoft PowerPoint is a presentation tool that utilizes text, images, and sounds. For the student of rhetoric, PowerPoint provides ample opportunity to utilize persuasive tactics (rhetorical appeals) in ways conventional speeches cannot.



Microsoft PowerPoint Tutorial

Before you can think critically about PowerPoint, you must first understand some basic principles. This tutorial will give you the functional understanding necessary to think critically about the use of PowerPoint in persuading an audience.

  1. Open Microsoft PowerPoint.
  2. You should see two text boxes. In the box labeled "Click to add title" type "PowerPoint Tutorial." In the box labeled "Click to add subtitle" type "ENG 105." Image
  3. We are now going to add another slide. On the left side of the screen, under the tab labeled "Slides," you will see a miniature version of the slide you just created. Right-click underneath the first slide and select "New Slide." A blank slide should appear on screen. Image
  4. It's always a good idea to use the second slide of your presentation to give your audience an overview of your topic. Title this slide "Overview." In the box below the title, next to the first bullet, type "Rhetorical Triangle." Every time you press enter, a new bullet is added. Make three new bullets, and title them "Ethos," "Pathos," and "Logos," respectively. Image
  5. Now, add four new slides to your presentation using the method described in Step 3. When you're done, your presentation should have six slides in total. Image
  6. On the left side of the screen, select slide 3. Title this slide "Rhetorical Triangle. Create three bullets, and label them "Point 1," "Point 2," and "Point 3." Image
  7. Now, select slide 4. Give it the title "Ethos." On the right side of the screen, under "Text and Content Layouts," select the first layout. Image
  8. In the box that reads "Click icon to add content," select "Insert Chart." Image
  9. Now fill out slides 5 and 6, and choose a different layout for each slide. Image
  10. Next, create a conclusion slide for your presentation. Image
  11. Finally, let's make the presentation more interesting. On the left side of the screen, right-click on any of the slides in your presentation. Then, select "Slide Design." You'll notice the right side of the screen now displays many different designs. Scroll down, and select the design called "Pixel." Image

Example Presentations

Tutorial PowerPoint
Technological Literacy PowerPoint

Critical Approaches to Microsoft PowerPoint

Now that you're more familiar with the functions of PowerPoint, you will create a short PowerPoint presentation based on a prompt given to you by your instructor. Use this assignment to apply the rhetorical principles you've learned during this unit. You should address all three rhetorical appeals (ethos, pathos, and logos). Be sure to take advantage of the multimedia aspects of PowerPoint. Experiment with the Slide Design feature, use images, and make your points clear and succinct.