As we peer review a classmate’s presentation today, we’ll refer to the canons of rhetoric to help us address various concerns with the composing process. As you look over your partner’s work, you should write out (or type up) your thoughts in response to the following questions and prompts. Afterwards, you should have a conversation with your partner about these thoughts and possibilities for revisions.
Invention. Does the presentation offer enough specifics about the innovation? We want more than just a general list of positives and negatives. Does the presentation incorporate specific examples, anecdotes, and/or sources that illuminate the innovation and give us a sense for what it looks like in action? Where would you like to see more specifics?
Keep in mind the question of purpose here as well. If the presentation aims to be informative, are you really learning something new? If it aims to be persuasive, do you find it persuasive? If it aims to move the audience, do you find yourself moved? If not, what advice would you give to make the presentation more effective?
Arrangement. Does the introduction effectively grab your attention? If not, do you see anything in the presentation that could be used to introduce the innovation? Does the conclusion offer a general but exact statement of the innovation’s value for the field? Does the presentation effectively offer signposts for and transitions between examples, benefits, drawbacks, etc.? If you see any limitations here, what advice would you offer?
Style. Which three sentences do you find most effective in terms of making a point, getting at the significance of the innovation, or just sounding good? Which three sentences do you find least effective? How so? Are there any sentences that will be confusing to hear aloud?
Memory. This will largely be your partner’s concern to figure out, but the two of you might discuss various possible approaches to preparing the speech, from memorizing to preparing note cards to adding notes in PowerPoint.
Delivery. We don’t have an opportunity to see an actual performance of the presentation today, but we do have an opportunity to look at our partner’s slides or their plans for slides. Are the slides visually appealing and/or easy to read? If there is a lot of information on a slide, what seems most important – what needs to be kept, and what could be cut? Do the images effectively capture the innovation? Are there too many or too few slides?