This is a wonderful 23-page PowerPoint presentation that my students helped to create. They were assigned different topics to research quickly in the computer lab, and they created a slide on their topic to add to this PowerPoint. If you have access to a computer lab, this is a great way to get students to research, acknowledge their sources, and cover some background information to prepare them for reading a novel. How fun to let the students do the background work!
Students also got a bit of practice in oral presentations; each presented his own slide. One rule I gave them was they were not allowed to stand up there and read their information! The rest of the class had to take a few notes on each background idea presented. A worksheet for this is attached.
Included is a shorter background research activity and a quiz that you could use with either option. There is also a separate Coelho biographical activity to go with the other topics.
*NOTE: This product is included in the ALCHEMIST novel package.