This assignment asks you to take your work on one of our three main papers and translate it into an oral presentation. The presentation should be 5-6 minutes, and it should include a visual aid, likely using PowerPoint, Prezi, or Canva. You should have at least five slides; the first should be a title slide and the last should be a works cited slide documenting your sources.
Although your presentation will draw on work from an earlier paper, you will not have time to address all the content from the paper. Also, you cannot simply read your paper out loud. Your presentation will need to include the following parts:
- Introduction. Your introduction should last less than a minute, and it should focus the audience’s attention and give a preview of the speech and the main argument.
- Argument. In the body of your speech, you should offer support for your argument. If you are working with Paper 1, your support will likely involve pointing to specific aspects of our readings on mindfulness to show how they support your argument. If you are working with Paper 2, your support will likely involve pointing to specific aspects of your cultural artifact to show how they support your argument. If you are working with Paper 3, your support will likely involve analyzing the source that you counter and explaining your response to it. You will not have time to address every point from the earlier paper, so you should focus on fully developing one or two points or examples.
- Conclusion. Your conclusion should reiterate your argument and point toward the next steps or questions in the conversation.
This short paper (minimum 500 words, submitted via email) will be completed at the end of our presentations. The goal is to reflect on your own presentation and those of your classmates. Your paper should address the following prompts and questions:
- In terms of preparing for your presentation, where were you most and least successful? How well did you do translating the original paper into a presentation? Consider your development of the ideas and argument for the presentation, your organization and writing of the presentation, your work on slides, and your preparation for the presentation itself (revising, practicing, making note cards, memorizing, etc.).
- In terms of the presentation itself, where were you most and least successful? What felt particularly good about the presentation? What would you do differently in the future?
- In terms of other presentations from your classmates, what did you find most and least effective? Who was the most effective and engaging? How so? What do you want to try with future presentations based on the presentations you saw?