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About this project

For this project, you will evaluate one of the non-fiction books you have read, using the criteria established by YALSA's Excellence in Non-fiction for Young Adults book award.  Then you will create a slide show that discusses the book and convinces viewers that this book is, in fact, excellent!


  • To evaluate your favorite nonfiction book with a critical eye and view it from two different perspectives (yours and the author’s)
  •  To produce an engaging, multi-media slideshow on Google Slides that effectively communicates your findings.  

STEP ONE: Assess Your Book

Read the criteria that the award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults uses to judge its winners


  • You need to use the “Excellent Writing” criteria - this means you will have FIVE in total.
  • Rename and save the slideshow template  - call it Nonfiction Project Part 1_yourlastname


STEP TWO: Plan Your Trailer

  1. Complete the text of the slideshow as directed, making each slide attractive and unique.  
  2. Joining with another pair, you will have one person film you and a partner answering those questions; another person questions comparing and contrasting your book to your partner's book:
    • You and your partner will construct questions that convey your understanding of the award criteria.
    •  Rehearse.  Rehearse.  Rehearse.  Rehearse.  Rehearse.  

STEP THREE: Create Your Trailer

  1. Edit your slides.  They should be free from grammatical and spelling errors and the sentences should be structurally sound.
  2. Is the formatting of each slide appropriate to the content?
  3. As a pair, edit your video to keep only the pertinent talking points. Both of you will be using the same video!
  4. Watch your slideshow.  Make sure everything runs smoothly.  
  5. Present your work


How will this project be assessed?  Each area will be graded on a scale of 1-4.  Four is the highest level of achievement in each area.  

The areas of focus on this project are:

  1. Depth of analysis and reflection
  2. Attention to detail (aesthetics, grammar, punctuation, etc.)
  3. Problem solving
  4. Ability to focus during group work; demonstrates cooperation, respect and listening skills when working in a group
  5. Ability to communicate respectfully and effectively with others


This resource guide was created by Laura Pearle.