Oral Presentation of Final Paper
Individual presentations of final papers will take place April 21-28
Time limit: Ten minutes long including Q&A
This is worth 10%; no need to send me your slides or presentation notes
You will receive a presentation grade from me with my notes via email
Enhance self-confidence speaking to an audience
Improve communications skills
Demonstrate depth mastery and understanding of your topic
Transfer and apply your written argument into an oral one (through structure and delivery)
Convince or move people to thoughtfully consider your position/topic; call to action
Use pathos logos ethos where it makes sense in your presentation
Utilize verbal signals and cues throughout your presentation
o My first point…
o Another example…
o Finally to summarize/or conclude
Simplify your language save the flowery stuff for the paper.
Be strategically repetitive
o This is what Im going to tell you…now heres me telling you and finally this is what Ive just told you.
You must include your opposing argument
Make a judgment call on how much your readers may generally know about the topic (GMOs vs. drinking age) and make sure your presentation addresses that
Practice. For delivery flow and making sure youre staying within the allotted time. (Note cards are okay to use during your presentation)
Finish strong include a succinct wrap up pose one thoughtful question at the end and then ask for any general questions
Use of Visuals
Visuals shouldnt be your entire presentation; they should augment it.
o PowerPoint Prezi Word Cloud photographs etc.
o Slides quick bullets no long paragraphs dont write me a novel
o Include your visual if your essay option includes one
o If youre not using a visual consider finding one that captures your topic
In a nutshell:
Hook. Inform. Persuade/Engage/Inspire. Acknowledge. Conclude.
What Ill be looking for:
Hook (reel me in) – Consider highlighting a fact that is staggering surprising or sobering or kick off with a video/audio clip or image
Clear presentation of thesis that is well-crafted and hammered home
Main points well organized and put together
o Your paper and presentation do not have to be necessarily identical. They will be graded independently of each other. So if there is some information that you came across that translates well for a presentation you dont have to include it in your final paper (and vice versa).
Use of supporting evidence and examples
Smart use of time/within time limit
o At 10 minutes long for a 6 page paper this should be an abbreviated and refined version of your written paper. Be discerning and pick and choose what to include for what could be rhetorically effective from a visual/oral perspective but also make sure youre still presenting a complete cohesive argument.
Thoughtful utilization and integration of visual aids
Persuasive Engaging Inspiring show off your ethos/logos/pathos mastery here
Acknowledgement and refutation of opposing argument
o Eye contact engaging confidence in topic