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Group Presentation Requirements

For ENGL 2130 classes during Fall 2022

Your group will be leading a presentation of one of the required texts for the course.

Time

The group will have 15-20 minutes. Each group members’ work needs to be addressed, but not all group members need to speak during the presentation.

Each participant must contribute the following components to the presentation:

Sources: Provide two sources that assisted in your understanding of the text. At least one should be academic. Sources and annotations (following the format of the CRA-research task) should be included on the group’s project page.

Questions: Provide two analytical questions that are useful for investigating the text. Think of these as examples of good quiz or exam questions that do not require simple answers (yes/no or multiple choice answers) but prompt a larger conversation about the text.

Each participant must contribute one of the following components to the presentation:

Images: Choose two photographs from the web or taken by you and not obviously tied to the text (for example, no photos of the author, no stills from the film) that allow you to explain and analyze a narrow and specific component of the text. Use images that can be displayed on the project page or linked (as slides) from the project page. Choose ethos-rich images; avoid graphics, cartoons, or drawn images — only photographs. Cite your source in the project page.

Quotes: Choose two selections from the text that allow you to explain and analyze a narrow and specific component of the text.

Patterns: Choose two relevant patterns that are significant to the theme or structure of the text. Provide examples of the pattern in its description on the project page.

Arguments: Choose two relevant arguments made explicitly or implicitly by the text. Each argument should be clearly stated with evidence from the text. The patterns need not be related to each other, but it will benefit your presentation if you can discuss their relevance to each other.

Project Page

The group needs to compose a project page (via a share-able document) that includes notes or links to use during the presentation and share the agenda with the class on D2L.

Roles

Group members should have clearly defined roles beyond the individual components. Include a reflection at the bottom of the project sheet identifying each group member’s role. Every group must have a project manager (and that person should identify themselves to me on the signup sheet and via an email to me including the group). Other roles might be: leader, speaker, designer, secretary, timekeeper (during presentation), etc. Any group member who disagrees with the description of duties included at the bottom of the project sheet should contact me via email.

Attendance and Preliminary Meeting

It is crucial that you be engaging with your group early and frequently. Each group has a dedicated discussion thread on D2L. The group can decide to move off of that communication space, but only when the new method of communication has been consented to by everyone in the group and is clearly communicated. All preliminary work (roles, topic, and individual directions) must be completed by the preliminary meeting with me. At least the project manager must attend that meeting with me (others are invited to join as well), and the project manager must follow that meeting with detailed notes/instructions to the group with me on copy within 24 hours of the meeting.

Assessment

The project will be graded on a 0-100 scale in consideration of the following:

  • quality of the requirements above
  • relationships/connections between each member’s components
  • readiness and preparedness of presentation style
  • engagement of the class in the presentation (asking questions, using prompts, facilitating discussion)

Additional Formatting Guidelines

In all components of the project avoid summary (except in some of the sentences of your annotations). Instead work toward analysis, synthesis, and supporting claims with proof.

Sources:

  • Make sure that it’s to the entire article (not just an abstract or search page);
  • If you’re in the the library database, use the Permalink button;
  • Avoid sources that you haven’t read (or that are too long);
  • Avoid sources that haven’t been successfully published (like a dissertation);
  • Avoid sources that don’t have strong ethos as pieces of journalism, non-profit research, or scholarship (for example: encyclopedias, religious sources, self published documents, term papers for sale, etc.)
  • Do not use citations from online “generators” without reviewing/revising them yourself; citation generators will often capitalize things incorrectly or provide a grayscale highlight around the citation. Each student is responsible for the precision/legitimacy of their own citations.
  • Images need captions that include links to the original image and require a context statement (why are you using this image? where is it from? what are you trying to do with it?).

Document design

  • The layout of your document should make sense: the title and the organization of the textual elements (sources, annotations, questions, etc.) should all be working well together.
  • Each participating group member should be listed at the top of the document followed by their initials in parentheses [(like this: “Pete Rorabaugh (PR)”]. The initials should serve as a “tag” that identifies each element of the document belonging to that person.
  • Elements can be arranged in any order that best supports the topic/argument you’re making, but be attention to how much sense it makes for others navigating the document.
  • Group is responsible for sharing a link that is openly viewable (but not editable) for anyone with a KSU login.

Questions/engagement

  • Questions should avoid simple binary (yes/no) answers, and should instead prompt discussion, either among the group members or the group and the class.

Annotations

  • Annotations are reflections on a source, not copies of ideas taken from a source; take time if you need it to contextualize the source, to identify the author’s main argument, and quote from them.
  • Should quote/name of the author of the source frequently.

Planning/efficiency

  • Practice your group’s delivery of the topic to be sure you finish between 12-15 minutes.

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