Visual Rhetoric (I know what you're all thinking... What do this have to do with our Group Research Presentations?)

Your Group Research Presentations are worth the following in all three of your LC classes:

  • History: 10%
  • Composition:20%
  • Seminar: 10%
  • What is Visual Rhetoric ?= making an argument without even opening your mouth; rather it is using images to communicate messages. By carefully choosing images, colors, fonts and design to get your points across, the audience will be able to understand what your perspective, or rather, what ARGUMENT you are making with your research!

Now think:

  • If I were to choose a symbol for my oral visual presentation, what would it be? Do I want to use multiple symbols?
  • If I were to use color in my presentation, which ones? Why?
  • What is a metaphor that would be appropriate for my project? (For example, "Because of the Indian Removal Act, the Cherokee said Andrew Jackson was the devil").

Now that you have had a chance to think about how all of these ideas apply to your own presentations...

I will give you and your group members some time to sketch out your Group's Research Presentation!

Using this template, I would like for you to brainstorm some ideas. To help you do this, use these questions as a guide. Just the simple act of writing down all your thoughts and ideas about a topic can be inspiring when you see one idea, it can make you think of many more! On the back of your handout, write your ideas down!

1.)What would be the best approach to presenting your argument and supporting research to these potential AUDIENCES? For example: college student, professor, a historian, the general public, etc.

  • How will you ensure your presentation appeals to these audiences?
  • How will you ensure your message to these audiences will be clear?

Think about your presentation using the traditional questions that journalists/ historians use to tell a story: Who? Where? When? What? Why? How? In your writing groups, work together to help brainstorm some ideas for VISUALS.

  • How can you represent your paper's historical context/background visually? Ideas?
  • How can you make a solid connection to your current issue visually? Ideas?
  • Help one another to brainstorm some ideas! :)