Project 3 Research Presentation

EN 102 Research

Here is your chance to share your research findings with your classmates!

Overview:
For your Project III presentations, you’ll be discussing your 3 sources with the class. These in-class presentations are worth 5% of your final grade. You can use PowerPoint, Prezi, other presentation software, or a handout to help focus and guide the presentation. You should plan on presenting to the class for 5 minutes.

Below you’ll find more detailed guidelines for putting together the presentation.
1. Decide on a focused purpose for your presentation.
Your presentation will need a purpose - a clearly narrowed topic and 3 sources that offer us different perspectives or takes on this narrowed topic. What do you want to tell the class about your topic based on the research you’ve found?

2. Select your sources based on your narrowed topic:
You’ll want to consider each source’s context, significance, extensiveness, and appropriateness.
• What is the source’s context? Where was it published? Is it peer-reviewed/scholarly? Who is the author? What are the author’s credentials?
• How significant is the source? In what ways does the make a new point or contribute to what we know about the topic?
• How extensive is the source? Does it delve into depth and detail about the topic over several pages or more?
• How appropriate is the source? Does it directly address your focused purpose or angle, or does it address a related but less central aspect of your general topic? Does it contribute to your understanding of your narrow topic, or does it inform you of the broader context or a related but more tangential aspect of the topic?

3. Decide on an organizational strategy for the presentation.
You might want to present the major aspects of the topic, bringing in the sources as they become relevant to your discussion. Or you might move through the sources one by one, discussing their relevance to your purpose as you touch on each one. Remember that either way you’ll want to keep us focused on your focused purpose/angle throughout the presentation, and you’ll want to bring each source into the discussion at least once.

4. Put together the materials for the presentation.
You’ll want to decide what kinds of materials will best support your presentation. However, whether you use handouts or presentation software, keep in mind that you’ll want to include only brief amounts of text to keep us focused. You’ll want to speak more at length about the sources in your own words. You can certainly use notes to help you out, but you should be familiar enough with the sources and topic that you can discuss them on your own. (I’d be happy to make copies of a handout for the class; I’ll need it at least 24 hours in advance.)
Hint: If you want to use images (which can really help bring your ideas to life), you can take them from the Creative Commons, but don’t forget to give credit! You can also use your own images if you’d like, but still give the group member credit. DON”T FORGET A COMPLETE WORKS CITED!

5. Prepare your delivery.
Use the materials from class about designing effective presentations to help you out. Don’t forget to practice! Use a mirror, a friend, or each other as a practice audience.

Grading Criteria:
Purpose: The purpose for the presentation is clear and presents research findings on a narrowed topic.
Sources: Sources are appropriate, significant, and extensive, and it’s clear how each helps to develop the purpose. Each of the 3-5 sources is discussed at least once.
Organization: The presentation moves in a clear and organized manner and stays focused on the purpose. We don’t wander around and the audience isn’t left wondering how everything fits together.
Materials: The materials are polished and effective and contribute to the presentation.
Delivery: The presenter is prepared, has good energy and enthusiasm for the topic, and speaks clearly and comprehensibly.
Class involvement: The presentation encourages classmates to think and ask questions.

A look ahead. Instead of a final exam, we will hold final exam panel presentations. 8-9 students from this class will present their research findings to faculty and students outside of our class. These students will be placed on panels with students from other EN 102 classes, and these panels will be chaired by students (we’ll need 2-4 students from this class to volunteer as chairs). Students who aren’t selected to present or chair will have to ask questions of the presenters. The final exam presentations take place on the main campus from 1:30-4:00 on December 7, and all EN 102 students need to be present for the entire two and a half hours. Final exam panel presentation participation accounts for 5% of your final grade.

Each presentation day, the class will choose 4-5 presentations that they feel should move forward. I will have a list of the day’s presenters, and each student will anonymously mark which presentations they liked best. I will compile these marks to select the winning presentations. Presenting at this mini-research conference is a great line for your academic resume as well as great experience

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