There are so many wonderful characters in The Tale of Despereaux, that many activities can be centered around character analysis. One way I did this in Google Slides, was to create a template for a socio-gram, which is a chart that analyzes character relationships. Using the line tool in Google Slides, students drew lines to show strong relationships, weak relationships, special relationships, or conflict. They also had to use at least three words to describe the character. Another way to get into a character and feel sympathy for a character is to write a Dear Abby type letter. My students wrote a Dear Abby letter to Roscuro to mend his broken heart.
Sometimes, a specific chapter requires a more detailed analysis or a personal response. In the chapters that introduced the character of Miggery Sow in The Tale of Despereaux, I had the students complete a double-entry journal on a Google Slides template. I chose specific quotes from the chapters that showed what a miserable life Miggery Sow had lived. I wanted to see what the students felt and thought when they read the quotes. In another chapter, Miggery Sow ends up in the castle, so I created a template in Google Slides that is a flow chart. The students will map out how Miggery Sow ended up in the castle -- which indirectly leads to another theme of the book: hope!
I hope that this post has inspired you to look at Google Slides in a new way. If you need more ideas, resources and tips for using Google in the Classroom, visit and follow my Pinterest board on Google in the Classroom!