Sometime during the semester, I will ask you to lead the discussion or make some sort of informal presentation for about 15-20 minutes of the class.
This assignment, much like the short responses that you do each week, asks you to engage critically with the readings in an informal way--and to involve others in consideration of the readings, too.
Your audience for the informal presentation will consist of me and your fellow class members so you can be quite informal. Since everyone in the class will have read the assigned articles, you shouldn't need to do much summary unless you want to make a connection to something that only you have read. I'm mainly hoping that you will draw our attention to some specific passage, question, connection, or issue.
For this assignment, focus your presentation on one or two of the readings from the syllabus and find one or two articles or web sites (from beyond the readings on the syllabus) that you would recommend as interesting complements or counterpoints to the day's assigned texts.
Feel free to discuss your presentation plans with other class members or with me before the deadline.
Prepare a 2 page handout that does the following:
The format is an informal outline or list of key points and questions. That is, unlike the short responses, your handout can simply list key ideas and points (rather than developing and supporting each point) because you will be able to fill in ideas as you lead the discussion.
Use parenthetical documentation to refer to any specific passages and page numbers.
Include a "Works Cited" section to recommend one or two supplemental readings from beyond the syllabus.
Prepare the 2 page handout.
Lead the discussion, involve the class in a group activity, or make some sort of informal presentation for about 15-20 minutes of the class.
Optional: Discuss your response with someone else from the class a day or two before it is due.
Review the evaluative criteria for this assignment.
Submit the final version of your handout on the day you give your presentation.
When I evaluate your presentation and handout (worth 5 points), I will be checking to see if you