Your Presentations in Composition will begin VERY soon!

In-class presentations will begin on...

Symbolism, Allusion, Color, and Metaphor

  • Let's review what these terms mean...
  • 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 call to action you are making with your research!
  • Now, lets look at an example that may be familiar with...
    • Next, check out the video
    • Jot down as many of the symbols as you can that you saw in the video. What colors stood out? Why? What metaphors did you recognize? What about allusions? (There are tons of them in the video!)
    • We'll share our responses with the class!

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").


  • You will need to sketch out your presentation.
  • Here is the template: Research Presentation Template for group presentations!
  • In your groups, you need to decide:
  1. ) The order of your presentations. This is an important aspect of your assignment. You want your presentation to flow nicely and convey some sort of cohesive narrative covering your theme.
  2. ) You need to decide what images you are going to use to open and close your presentation.
  3. ) Think about how you will utilize visual rhetoric throughout your presentation.
    • Example: If your theme is liberty, you could make the text in all of the presentations correspond with that theme.
      • Red, White, and Blue
      • Or make your template colors work to your advantage.
  4. ) What other visuals can you use to represent your topic and theme?