Monthly Archives: September 2009

Book PPTs (4th Hour)

Here they are:

The Life and Times of the Last Kid Picked, by David Benjamin

Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel

Paula, by Isabelle Allende

Change Me Into Zeus’s Daughter, by Barbara Robinette Moss

Angela’s Ashes, by Frank McCourt

Dreams from My Father, by Barack Obama

Black Eagle Child, by Ray A. Young Bear

The Beautiful Struggle, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Autobiography of a Fat Bride, by Laurie Notaro


Book PPTs (1st Hour)

Here they are:

Epileptic, by David B.

Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi

ADHD & Me, by Blake Taylor

A Girl Named Zippy, by Haven Kimmel

Paula, by Isabelle Allende

The Color of Water, by James McBride

Black Eagle Child, by Ray A. Young Bear

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

Lucky, by Alice Sebold

Dreams from My Father, by Barack Obama

The Beautiful Struggle, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Angela’s Ashes, by Frank McCourt

Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by Dave Eggers

Reading Assignment, 9/17

Please read up to page 269 for Friday.

Google Docs

I’d like you to start a Google Docs account. This will allow you to upload documents and share them online.

You need to have an active e-mail account in order to do this. If you don’t have an e-mail account, let me know.

To start a Google Docs account, go here and click on “Get Started”.

Once you’re done with your powerpoint, you need to do the following:

1. Upload the PowerPoint presentation to Google Documents.

2. Open up the PowerPoint in Google Docs and click on “share.” Select “invite people.” Enter your partner’s e-mail address. Make sure “to edit” is selected underneath, then press the “send” button, followed by “save & close.” Now both members of the group should have the presentation.

3. One member of the group needs to get a hyperlink for the presentation. Open up the document (in Google), click on “share,” and select “get the link to share.” Click on “anyone with the link can see it.” Copy that link, and put it in an e-mail addressed to me, at When you do that, MAKE SURE you click on “save & close,” rather than just closing the window.

Reading Assignment for 9/15

Please read up through page 221 in This Boy’s Life for Tuesday.

Memoir Presentation

In these presentations, you’re essentially previewing a book for people. Your goal in this assignment is to make the book seem potentially appealing to somebody, even if you personally wouldn’t be interested in reading this book.

In a 4-5 minute presentation, cover the following:

1. A cover slide, including (a) author, (b) title, and (c) presenters.

2. Between 4-8 content slides covering the questions I asked you about your memoir.

3. You must provide evidence for the claims you’re making. Evidence could include quotes from the book, images (from the cover or interior), blurbs (that is, quotes from somebody else about the book), and so on.

4. Review this guide to powerpoint design, and consider design elements when putting your presentation together.

5. Both members of each presenting group should participate equally.

6. Feel free to find images online for your presentation, but you must say where the image comes from.

Reading for 9/14

Read This Boy’s Life up to page 207 for Monday.