The presentations listed below are the common ones given by James M Deem, but he can develop a presentation specifically to your goals. Keep in mind that he can give four different presentations during a one-day visit.
Whether speaking to one class or the entire grade level, he is adept at keeping the attention of his audience. He encourages faculty and students to become involved in planning the visit. He prefers an hour for each presentation so that he will have time to answer student questions at the end.
Follow these links for more information about his presentations:
Presentations About Research and Writing
Becoming a Writer
James M Deem introduces students to the major influences in his journey to become a writer, starting with his childhood and continuing through his school years. He talks about the time he got his first idea to write a story and how he pursued that hobby without realizing that it could become a career. He shows how he gets ideas for my books today and the steps he takes to research and write them. This is a very personal and inspirational account of what it's like to become a writer.
The Fun of Researching and Writing
Deem describes the sometimes strange but always exciting experiences that he has as he researched his books, starting with my first nonfiction book and ending with whatever book he is currently working on. Throughout the talk, students come to understand what is involved in the research process and why it can be so rewarding.
Deem briefly outlines how he became a writer and the role stories played in his life. He shares samples of his early stories and journals (embarrassing now, but enlightening for students). He shows how he gets ideas for his novels and encourages students to see that they can capture their own reality by writing fiction.
James M Deem also offers writing workshops for students in grades 4-8. He can teach how to write a short memoir, how to start a story, how to use dialog, and how to end a story to small groups of students. Depending on the schedule, he can meet students for one day (with some preliminary email contact) or multiple days to ensure on a memorable educational experience for students.
Explaining how to research bogs and bog bodies, at the International School of Paris
Presentations about Individual Books
Facial Reconstruction/Research/Historical Presentation based on Faces from the Past: Forgotten People of North America More info
Melting Glaciers as well as Ötzi the Iceman based on Bodies from the Ice More info
Pompeii and Herculaneum and the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius based on Bodies from the Ash More info
Bogs and Bog People based on Bodies from the Bog More info
Egyptian Mummification based on How to Make a Mummy Talk
His most popular presentation, he takes the audience on a 3000-year tour of Egyptian mummification, showing how mummies (and their coffins and their canopic jars and various other items, many unusual) changed over that period of time. He shows approximately 80 rare images in his PowerPoint from museums around the world that illustrate this dramatic evolution.
Introducing students to photo research techniques at the Berlin-Brandenburg International School, Kleinmachnow, Germany
Presentations about the Holocaust
Auschwitz based on Auschwitz: Voices from the Death Camp More info
Kristallnacht based on Kristallnacht: The Nazi Terror That Began the Holocaust More info
Breendonk based on The Prisoners of Breendonk: Personal Histories from a World War II Concentration Camp More info
As he researched his books about the Holocaust, Deem had the opportunity to visit mostl of the major concentration camps multiple times. In this presentation, he discusses with a moving PowerPoint presentation at least four major camps: Buchenwald, Sachsenhausen, Dachau, and Mauthausen. He explains why and how the concentration camp system was established by Adolph Hitler. Then he describe what individual camps were like, using the above four camps as examples.
Speaking about Kristallnacht to high school students at the International School of Berne, Switzerland
Presentations for Younger Children
Sometimes James M Deem is asked to speak to younger students. As the father of four, he is comfortable speaking to any age group. When he talks to children in grades K-3, he shares what it is like to have an exciting job as a writer and then prepares them for some stories by using a few PowerPoint slides to teach some vocabulary. Then he reads a story or two that come from his book, How to Hunt Buried Treasure.
Talking to kindergarten students about a ghost town treasure at the Copenhagen International School, Denmark