How should I do a PowerPoint on The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian?
Powerpoint is a fairly easy program to use, and it can help to organize a presentation. The best place to begin for this assignment is to look at any specifics provided by your teacher. Are you to examine characters? Detail the plot? Discuss themes? Each of these can be organized into separate slides. For instance, each character or each theme would get its own slide. Write an outline first, then simply dedicate a slide to each bullet point of the outline.
If the powerpoint is going to be used as accompaniment to a presentation, remember that not all your information needs to be on each slide. Rather, the slides should give bullet points or important phrases which you can use to remind yourself what you want to talk about.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian is a great book to translate into a powerpoint because Sherman Alexie already uses graphic elements in his book. You probably shouldn't use Alexie's drawings in your presentation, but you could draw some of your own. Also consider using comic book elements such as captions and thought bubbles. By having fun with the visual elements, you could turn this into a really interesting assignment.
Starting off on any Powerpoint can always be a bit on the daunting side. I would start off by keeping it focused and driven. Perhaps, you bring out two slides on Sherman Alexie, in terms of his background and how it has influence in his writing. Then, I would spend a couple of slides outlining the general plot of the story. The next two slides could be spent on going over character motivations of Junior and how he changes over the course of the work. In these slides, you might also want to point to his conflicts that exist both within him and about he and his social orders. Including some slides on how the book has been received might also be helpful, including reviews and anything like a secondary source that assesses the work in terms of where it stands in Young Adult Literature. Finally, I think that closing with your own personal beliefs about the novel, what you would suggest about it, and a reflective note might be nice way to close a succinct and direct Powerpoint lesson.
There are some great points noted here about creating effective PowerPoint slides for the novel. Again, please refer to the assignment given for guidance on what to include.
It is, however, fine to use the graphics/visuals that are in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian as long as you cite the page number on which they are found. One of the highlights of the novel is the graphic component, so one would have to address the visuals when discussing the form and style of the novel. Further, the visuals provide a point of analysis--the reader learns a great deal about Rowdy as a character after viewing the drawing that Junior makes of him while he is reading that he later scribbles over with an angry face. So as long as the graphics/visuals are included as a textual reference and cited as such, they may be used.