Independent Reading Presentation- Elements of Literature
Choose a format for the presentation on a book you read for independent reading. It cannot be the
same book you used for your book review. Presentations should be between 5-7 minutes each. Also,
before you present, you will need to turn in a presentation outline, typed, clearly stating the novel, your
name, and the process and materials of your presentation.
Create a power-point presentation or other audio/visual presentation about your novel
Using The Elements of Fiction in The Reader’s Handbook on pages 389-405, present the following
elements with examples of each:
protagonist and antagonist (this could be combined with characterization)
character and characterization (especially state which characters are static and dynamic)
author’s purpose and author background
dialogue and dialect (is there anything unique about the author’s use of dialogue or dialectsuch as in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry)
Mood (there are probably a number of moods, choose one or two and give an example of
point of view
Posture and Eye Contact:
Stands up straight, looks relaxed and confident.
Establishes eye contact with everyone in the room
during the presentation.
Completely prepared and has obviously rehearsed.
Speaks clearly and distinctly and doesn’t mispronounce
words. Volume is loud enough to be heard by all
audience members throughout the presentation.
The presentation shows significant evidence of
originality and inventiveness. The majority of the content
and many of the ideas are fresh, original, inventive, and
based upon logical conclusions and accurate reading
The student “hooks” the reader from the beginning of
his/her presentation and introduces the novel and the
The student gives his/her critique of the book along with
a recommendation to conclude the presentation.
The student gives the presentation in 5-7 minutes.
The student uses some sort of audio/visual aid to assist
the presentation. (PPT, Prezi, Movie, etc)
The a/v enhances the presentation; it does not distract.
The writer uses standard conventions very well
throughout the presentation. Spelling, punctuation, and
grammar are correct.
The student prepares a typed outline for the teacher to
follow during the presentation. The outline is in the
same order as the presentation.
Total Presentation Grade:
Total Content Grade:
Protagonist and Antagonist
States which character is the protagonist and which
character(s) is/are the antagonists.
Character and Characterization
Talks about the main characters- doesn’t just list out who
they are. Shares which characters are static or dynamic
and states why.
Author’s Purpose and Background:
Accurately shares the author’s purpose for writing. Gives
brief background information regarding the author.
Dialogue and Dialect:
States what type of dialect is used and gives an example of
dialogue from the novel.
Accurately states the genre of the book. Gives more
information than just fiction or nonfiction.
Uses adjectives to describe the mood of the book and
supports choice with an example.
Accurately gives the five parts of plot with examples from
the novel. Students must use proper terminology when
talking about the five parts.
Shares the internal and external conflicts of the novel
properly (man vs. ____) and gives an example of each.
Point of View:
Shares the point of view of the story (1 or 3 ) and
provides an example. If the story is in 1 person, the
student must give the perspective also.
Gives both time(s) and place(s) of the story.
Discusses both the literal and symbolic meanings of at least
one symbol found in the novel.
Uses a theme statement to describe the author’s point or
message in the work. Does not simply give a big topic.
Properly cites any outside information (i.e. author’s
background) and any images in MLA format. Does not just
give the website(s)
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