Group Research Presentation

Learning Community E Presentation Teams for Burnett's Classess

Presentations begin November 15

ALL students will present at the First Year Symposium on Friday, Dec. 1.

Even More About the First Year Symposium!

What's the Point?
There are many learning objectives in Composition and in Learning Community E this semester. By the time you put together your group research project, you should...

  • be able to conduct a rhetorical analysis;
  • mastered academic citation;
  • be able to conduct credible, scholarly research;
  • gained expertise in one of the broad themes of LC E
  • have further honed your critical thinking, reading and writing skills;
  • have developed stronger presentation skills, including written presentations, oral presentations, and multi-media presentations.

The Assignment:
The Group Research Presentation is designed to demonstrate all of the above mentioned skills. Your individual The Research to Learn Project, group Research Proposal, and your independent study are the "building blocks" for the Research Presentation.

After conducting extensive primary and secondary research on an individual topic, you will form groups that align with one of the LC E broader themes:

WarRevolution & RevoltPower & Opppression
Liberty, Equality, and/or OrderCitzenshipCourage, Conviction, & Composition

As a group, you will create an argumentative presentation that uses effective visual and written rhetoric. You must connect your historical topic to a current political or social issue.

The medium will likely be a traditional tri-fold poster presentation (like one would see at an academic conference) that also incorporates a power point, but your group may also elect to produce a video or use other mediums (Consult with your LC E instructors for guidance on this). Everyone will present during the First Year Symposium (see above); additionally, you will also present on Wednesday, Nov. 15, in order to be evaluated for your grade. You will be graded on:

  • Your group's visual rhetoric (which is what your group creates)
  • Your group's presentation (how your group presents the visual rhetoric)
  • The strength of your individual research


The Presentation (You will be evaluated for individual contribution and as a group)
Visual Elements

  • Are colors, symbols, and font styles carefully chosen? Do they convey specific meaning?
  • Is the visual presentation eye catching? Does it encourage someone to stop and find out more?
  • Does the piece convey a specific message and a compelling reason for the viewer to act on the message?
  • Is the layout appropriate for the message? Is it so busy that it distracts from the overall message? Does the layout look too sparse because of too much unused space?
  • Do any statistics, charts, or graphs enhance the presentation or are they distracting because of problems with text size, etc.?
  • Are there NO misspelled words, grammar or usage errors in any part of the presentation?
  • Do the visual elements serve a purpose in the argument? Do they help convince your audience?
  • Are all aspects of the visual presentation professional looking?

Oral Elements

  • Is there a logical flow to the oral presentation? Is the presentation clearly organized?
  • Did all group members speak extemporaneously? Did all presenters avoid reading off a “script” or directly from note cards? Did all presenters avoid reading power point slides, or other text from the visual aids?
  • Is the oral presentation strong enough to stand on its own? Do the visual aids supplement an already strong presentation?
  • Does the content of the oral presentation use effective rhetorical devices to try to convince an audience?
  • Did all presenters come across as credible?
  • Are the individual presentations based on solid, academic research?