Nonfiction Book Review: Slide:ology by Nancy Duarte

Slide:ology by Nancy Duarte
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I've been on a public speaking kick, planning the ways I'm going to implement "Project TED" in my classroom next year.

In that process, I came across this awesome book to change the way I think about (and teach) visual aids.

(Reminder: You already know my theories on why students don't appreciate non-fiction enough, that I'm attempting to recommend good non-fiction titles, and some of the other books I've reviewed here. This post is for July.)

You might already know author Nancy Duarte from her TED talk about the secret structure of speeches and stories. (You might even show it in conjunction with reading this book, especially since her slides follow her own prescribed advice from Slide:ology.)



...so I was excited to see her work on slides and visual aids!

At first, this book won't scream "Read me!" to your secondary students, but inside, it's very approachable with a lot of graphic design and images to make the book feel less dense. In fact, all of the images makes the content easy to skim, so if your students don't need the pages about the color wheel, or are already experts with the templates that PPT and Google Slides come with, then move on to another chapter!

You (or your students) will like this book if you like how-to books and/or technology. It's a master class in bite-sized pages, with the feel of a "For Dummies" book but more visually attractive; though I'm sure this was written for adults, it teaches foundations that would be great for this generation of older students!

This is a good one not just for speech teachers, but for any ELA teacher who is being given "Death by PowerPoint" by his or her students.

If this topic is of interest to you, check out my new lesson on Visual Aids!

Public Speaking Lesson: Making and Using Visual Aids (That Aren't Boring)

Stay tuned for next month's book review!

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