Wednesday, 5/4

Good afternoon!

Quick note about grade for presentations I forgot to mention Monday:

Presentations are worth 20 points of the final essay. I will indicate your grade and write feedback on your presentation on your final essay draft.

Two More Options for Presentational Format that I forgot yesterday:

  1. Presentation-in-a-can (the canned presentation)
    1. This style is closer to the conference paper/lecture.
    2. Put all the materials you would like to present into a can (soup-size or larger coffee-size). You could include notecards with talking points you want to go over, as well as pictures that you can circulate around the people at your station.
  2. Create a Game
    1. Design a game that can be played by 4-5 people that in some way demonstrates main points from your essay.
    2. Possible options would be card games (create your own card deck), a variation on wheel of fortune, hopscotch, mock-drinking game (don’t actually supply alcohol).
    3. You should make sure people are taking useful lessons/key ideas from the game.

General Tips and Guidelines for Dressing/Conducting Yourself

  1. Wear clothing that looks “nice” (business casual/smart casual) but that you are comfortable in. I am not against defying traditionally gendered clothing, but (for example) if you are a male in this class who doesn’t typically wear dresses or skirts to class, dress the way society has demanded you dress (i.e., how you normally dress). In general, aim for something like a collared shirt (male) or blouse (female), dark jeans or khakis/skirt/dress (any color).
  2. Practice good posture (stand up straight). This will help you keep your breathing steady and
  3. Look your audience in the eyes when you have them.
  4. If you are consulting notecards or a piece of paper to speak from, don’t ruffle it and turn pages unnecessarily. Use your notecards or paper as a way of structuring what you want to say.
  5. DON’T mumble—speak clearly and audibly!
  6. DON’T speak or present for over five or six minutes. No one has ever complained about a presentation that was too short.

Author: jcoopman

A Graduate Student in the University of Delaware English Department who teaches English 110.

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