Intro to Literary Study (2005)

25 Apr 2005
Peer Review Exercise (rescheduled)

We will also sign up for oral presentations (Wednesday and Friday).

You will have five minutes for your formal oral presentation.

The presentation is formal, in the sense that you must prepare for it in advance. You should not plan to "wing it." I do not expect a flashy multimedia presentation, but paper handouts or a blog entry to display would help the class focus on what you are saying.

For your oral presentation,

1) demonstrate that your title, thesis paragraph,and conclusion match. (1 min)
2) share one brief quotation from a primary source, and one brief quotation from a secondary source, and explain how they support your thesis. (1 min)
3) explain why your thesis statement is non-obvious. Give at least one good argument (with evidence) for an alternative or opposing solution. (2 min)
4) You may conclude with whatever stress-busting message or activity you wish -- share cookies, lead a campfire song, recite a poem, throw balls of paper at each other, etc. (1 min)

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For our oral presentations, our we just reading our papers or do we have the option of doing a powerpoint or something like that?

Posted by: Ashley at April 22, 2005 05:34 PM

I used the wrong our, I meant are we...

Posted by: Ashley at April 22, 2005 05:35 PM

I'm not a particular fan of slide presentations, at least not in this situation.

The oral presentation is supposed to help you revise your paper. If you simply read your paper word-for-word, and leave no possibility for interaction, then your presentation will be a little dry.

If you bring in photos and bouncing text on a slide show, that will distract from the content of your presentation. Rather than have you work on a multimedia presentation, I'd rather you just work on your paper.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at April 22, 2005 05:42 PM


Posted by: Ashley at April 22, 2005 05:58 PM

But that still doesnt help. What exactly are we doing? Reading our paper, or reading certain parts?

Posted by: Lou Gagliardi at April 22, 2005 06:24 PM

We'll address that in class Monday. (I'm about to change this page to make that clear.)

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at April 22, 2005 09:25 PM
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