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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” criterion as one.  Then, decide which other two criteria you will focus on to “judge” your book. This means you will have THREE 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.  Write a script for your answers to the three questions you posed in your slideshow.  
  3.  Have the answers approved by me. 
  4.  Rehearse.  
  5. With a partner, film yourself as the author, answering questions as though someone has just asked them from off screen.  

STEP THREE: Create Your Trailer

  1. Edit your slides.  They should be free from grammatical and spelling errors, and in particular they should be free from comma errors!
  2. Edit your video.  Only use what you need.  
  3. Watch your slideshow.  Make sure everything runs smoothly.  
  4. 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
  5. Ability to communicate respectfully and effectively with others


This resource guide was created by Laura Pearle.