Hi im doing a presentation on life of pi to my class who never read the book so its an ISU presentation.
Im not sure how i should do it because i dont want to give too much detail and ending and ruin it for others and also i need it to be 20 min long!! One thing im doing is a powerpoint on themes, symbols, introductory of the novel, and a thesis basis to connect all of them. But i need to do other things to make up 20 min of time.
What other things can i do other than powerpoint to make the class possibly active or so (This is based on the whole class did not read the book so they dont know anything about it). I was thinking something like a pre-analysis kind of activities but im not sure. Please help!
First, I would say that adding some sort of an activity is a very good idea - 20 minutes can seem like a long time when you are not used to teaching. How about an activiy where your classmates do a hands-on exploration of pi via measuring the circumference and diameter of various circles and proving to themselves that the ratio between the two is always the same?
Below are links to several ready made activities that you could use or adapt.
If finding round objects is an issue, you could get a ball of string or yarn, cut off a bunch or random-length pieces, and pass those out. Instruct students to knot the ends of their piece and lay it out flat to make a circle, and then measure and calculate from there. They could each do several pieces, or else do one and post their data on the board or smartboard and compare results.
Hope this helps jumpstart your thinking - this could be a fun lesson!