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Learning Exercise

Material: Active Learning with PowerPoint
Submitted by: Nicholle Schuelke Berg on Apr 03, 2006
Date Last Modified: Apr 03, 2006
Title: Author/Illustrator Presentation and Book-sell
Description: 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."
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered, Supplemental activity, Unsupervised
Time Required varies
Topics: children's literature; Power Point; presentations
Course: Literature for Children and Adolescents
Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, College Upper Division, Graduate School
Prerequisites Skills: 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.
Learning Objectives: 1. discriminate the distinction for and within children's and adolescent literature.
2. demonstrate way of establishing connections between students and literature.
Technical Notes: 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.

General Guidelines:

*an introduction, body and conclusion should be obvious and well-utilized int he
*since this is an English course, communication should be coherent, concise, and
*a reference page must be available, giving credit where credit is due (for
*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.
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