College students in a course about children's and adolescent literature prepare a presentation about a specific author or illustrator who has influenced children's or adolescent literature. After sharing a visual and oral report of important information, the presentation concludes with a "book-sell," a brief mini-movie which highlights one text by the author or illustrator. The book-sell is a visual experience for the audience--a parody of a "book-talk."
A general awareness of Point Point (our students have already taken COM 104 Introduction to Computer Solutions prior to taking this course) to include the following functions: text boxes, animation, transitions, font, image insertion, sound insertion.
1. discriminate the distinction for and within children's and adolescent literature. 2. demonstrate way of establishing connections between students and literature.
In order for students to share presentations with peers in a whole-class setting, the classroom needs to be technologically equipped with necessary resources (i.e. projection unit, computer with Power Point software, connection to network drive or other drives for students to download their projects).
Text of Learning Exercise:
This project is an in-depth examination of a children's author or illustrator or an adolescent literature author. This opportunity will offer the chance to develop a thorough understanding of one particular artist in children's or adolescent literature.
Select an author or illustrator who has contributed to children's or adolescent literature and research his or her biography. Search to find interesting facts about this individual: life,
career as artist, other professions, educational experience, and methodology. Attempt to determine why this artist is an author or illustrator. Gather your information from as many sources as possible--journals, books, Internet, written contact with the author, and other sources available.
*an introduction, body and conclusion should be obvious and well-utilized int he presentation *since this is an English course, communication should be coherent, concise, and correct *a reference page must be available, giving credit where credit is due (for sources). *standard APA_style format should be used.
Concluding the project should be a book-sell, a focus upon a single work of literature created by the author. This is an animated Power Point presentation which provides a visual "sell" of a work. Using the custom animation features of Power Point is the guiding facet of this project. Audio is encouraged, as well. A single slide can be used, provided the visual is engaging and inter-active. Text, clip art, pictures, and all feature which complement the appeal are appropriate. A sample book-sell will be made available for viewing.