Group Research Presentation

Learning Community E Presentation Teams?

Due April 25 & 27 (FYRC)

ALL students will attend the First Year Research Conference on Thursday, April 27.

The Research Presentation counts in ALL 3 LC 3 Courses!

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;
  • 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 Research Journal - WP2, group Research Proposal, and 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 PowerPoint presentation (like one would see at an academic conference), but your group may also elect to produce a video or use other mediums (Consult with your LC E instructors for guidance on this). 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?