Individual Research Project Presentation (6%)

 

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Presentation Dates will take place during the last few weeks of the semester, as assigned.

Background Information:

 

         Early this semester everyone was required to turn in a Research Proposal, subject to my approval.

         On your assigned presentation date, you will be expected to speak for ten minutes on your approved topic.

         The ten-minute presentation is followed by a five-minute question and answer period. Once the presenter takes a question, the clock stops on the presentation. The question/answer period does not count toward the ten-minute presentation time.

         The objective is to persuade your audience to your point of view, and inform them about your topic.

         Remember that everyone is researching something different, and the information you offer will undoubtedly be new to most of your peers.

         Prior to the beginning of class on the day of your presentation, you are required to do an electronic by e-mailing it to me as an attachment. It should be a works cited page of the sources engaged on the day of your presentation. The works cited page should consist of three journal articles from your annotated bibliography. This is part of your grade, and the standard late penalty applies for late turn-ins.


Guidelines:

         Try not to read from a prepared script. Rather, you should approach your presentation as though you are speaking extemporaneously. Notes are certainly a good way to go.

          

You will be graded on the following criteria:

  1. The presentation should run ten minutes.
  2. Be persuasive.
  3. The accuracy of the works cited page.

How to structure the presentation:

         Give your audience a brief background on your topic: 1 to 2 minutes.

         Move on to a sense of the current scholarship. Explain what you discovered that scholars are debating about: 1 to 2 minutes.

         Quickly move on to your argument. Ultimately, your presentation is meant to be persuasive. Convince us that your viewpoint/argument is the best way to view the debate/controversy you have discovered in scholarship: 6 to 8 minutes.

Very important:

         It is NOT your objective to give a presentation that is merely informative. Your presentation is meant to be persuasive, so that your approach should be similar to your upcoming essay 4, which is an argumentative paper over this same topic. In effect, you must state the thesis from your essay 4.

         The ten minute presentation will be followed by a 5 minute question/answer period, where students in the audience will ask questions of the presenter.

         I expect everyone in the audience to jot down two or three questions to ask. If no one asks a question then I will call on a random student. If I call on you and you are unprepared, then it will have an effect on the participation grade.

 

Very important:

 

         It is NOT your objective to give a presentation that is merely informative. Your presentation is meant to be persuasive, so that your approach should be similar to your upcoming Argumentative Research Paper over this same topic. In effect, you must state the thesis from your upcoming Argumentative Research Paper.