Individual Presentation Moves --The Introduction

Greet audience again and introduce yourself again and provide the topic and the name of your individual presentation: Hi, I am Kelsey. My research focuses on Frederick Douglass’s role as an Abolitionist. My presentation is entitled, “Mediating the Activity of Abolitionists with the Written and Spoken Word: A Look at Frederick Douglass.”

Help Audience get your topic with Historical Context

Provide some historical context about the social, political, cultural, and economic environment associated with your topic

  • Think of this as the backdrop, the setting.
  • In Star War Terms --- it is that scrolling screen at the beginning of the movie.

Roll out the Thesis and/or Research Question

Present your research question and/or your thesis. (The following are examples.)

  • I started with the basic research question: How did Frederick Douglass use the spoken and written word to advance the abolitionist cause?
  • I argue that Frederick Douglass furthered the abolitionist cause in 2 ways: by using several different media platforms to spread his message about the evils of slavery and by drawing on his own experiences as slaves. Also, I provide demonstrate how activists in today’s world are very similar in their approaches to their causes by focusing on the work of Gabby Giffords. Gifford is a former Arizona Congresswoman who was the victim of gun violence in January 2011. Like Douglass, Giffords has first hand experience as a victim of social injustice. Also, like Douglass, Giffords uses multiple media platforms to spread her message of reform that is aimed at ending gun violence.

(Now, you are ready to move to the body of your presentation)

Individual Presentation Moves: The Body of the Presentation (The AEC formula: Assertion, Evidence, Commentary)

  • Provide an assertion about your thesis
  • Provide 1 to 2 pieces of evidence to back up your assertion.
    • Use primary and secondary sources to back up your assertion
    • Cite and and give a shout-out to a historian at some point in this section:
      • In Abraham Lincoln and Civil War America: A Biography, Harvard historian, William E. Gienapp notes that the Civil War ignited forces in America that began a political and social revolution.
      • Noted historian, John Hollitz points out …..
      • Civil War historian, Dr. Robert Wooster indicates ….
  • Commentary explains why the evidence supports the assertion

Repeat this cycle for every assertion (You should plan for about 3 strong assertions with evidence and commentary)

Don't to forget to discuss your primary source document by providing at least 2 quotes from it.

Make the modern-day connection using the same AEC formula and connect with the audience again!!!

Now, bring it home with the conclusion!

Individual Presentations Moves: The Conclusion and the Transition to the Next Presenter

  • Connect with the audience again!
  • Make a final statement that captures the main ideas of your presentation in a thoughtful and compelling way!
  • Conclude your presentation and transition to the next presenter by saying: “This concludes my presentation and now I will turn it over to my colleague, Jane Doe.”