Group Research Presentation
Due November 28 - 30
ALL students will present at the First Year Symposium on Wed. Nov. 30.
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 Group Research Presentation is designed to demonstrate all of the above mentioned skills. Your individual Research Journal - WP2, group Research Proposal, and your Learning Community E Project - WP 3 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 (war, revolution & revolt, power & oppression, liberty v. order, "Courage, 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, some of you will also present on Monday, November 30, 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)
- 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?
- 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?