ENGL 2110: Oral/Visual Presentation
Marks: 20% of the final grade
Due Date: sign up on the sheet that will circulate and, if possible, indicate what format will be used and what work, theme, or topic will be the focus. If you don’t know at the time you sign up, you must let me know what your plans are at least one week before the presentation.
Description: you have two options: (a) a creative, visual response to one of the works, images, moods/atmospheres, or themes on the course (see formats i-iv below). The presentation should be about ten minutes in length (3-5 minutes for showing the collage, mashup, etc. and five minutes for the explanation), leaving five minutes for questions. Upload the project and the explanation to the blog; or (b) a presentation of information about one of the authors, works, or forms of art that are related to one of the works, authors, or periods on the course. The presentation should be about ten minutes in length: speak for ten minutes about the topic, leaving 5 minutes for questions. Upload an outline of the presentation and all visuals used in the presentation to the blog. A mark will not be assigned until the presentation is uploaded to the blog. Option (a) presentations almost always receive higher marks than option (b) presentations.
Purpose: (1) to engage in creative thinking by responding to a work in a format other than the essay (2) to inform the class about a specific author, work, or form of art that has some connection to the course material (3) to gain experience working collaboratively
Format (1) work in pairs, but exceptions can be made as long as you explain to me at least one week before the presentation why fewer or more people are needed.
(2) possibilities for the format can include the following:
(i) visual collages (not on posterboard but, for example, uploaded to the blog or Youtube and presented as a quick succession of images) or slideshows (based on your photographs or Web-based images) that could include text, music, voice overs, etc.;
(ii) a mashup of video clips, music, still photographs, text, voice overs, etc.; (iii) dramatizations or performances
(iv) any combination of the above or other formats that I haven’t included (but see me first before going ahead).
For i-iv, you could focus on a theme common to many works, the development of a single work, a recurrent image from a number of works, a specific mood or atmosphere of a work, or a strikingly original image from a single work from the course. Retrieve from the Web or create your own versions of visual metaphors (film clips, photographs, found images, iphone images, etc.) of that atmosphere/mood, theme, image, or work. Create a sequence of the images, flashing them in quick succession or unfolding them slowly. Read relevant lines from the poem or poems and/or flash the lines on the screen while the visual metaphors are being shown, and/or include suitable music, and so on. The visual presentation could be arranged to have a clear beginning, middle, and end, rising to a climax, or it could be hectic and chaotic, abandoning narrative sequencing. Upload the project to the blog.
(v) Use Powerpoint or Prezi to inform the audience about a specific author, work, or work of art that is related to the course subject but not covered directly in class. Information about a specific author or work and the cultural background of the work, and how the background might have influenced a specific work would be useful. Make connections between works or authors or periods we’ve studied. You could also explore a work of art or music created between 600-1700 and explain its relevance for understanding the literature of the period, making connections between literature and other arts. Upload an outline of the presentation, including all visuals, to the blog.
(3) after the presentation (for formats i-iv), the group should explain the goal of the presentation (what main idea or insight about the work, theme, or image did you want to get across to the audience? How did you get the idea across? Why did you focus on the part of the work that you highlighted in the presentation? Why did you create the sequence to create a climax (or not)? In what ways did the format that you chose alter your previous view of the poem? How did the work, theme, or image change as a result of the format you chose to re-present or adapt it?). This is omitted if you choose (v).
Evaluation (Option a) 10—creative use of format and insightful explanation/analysis of the poem, atmosphere, theme, or image; 5—preparation and organization, including the upload to the blog; 5—presentation style, including selection of images and engaging voice/speech; (Option b) 10—creative use of format and insight of information collected, including connections made to course material; 5—preparation and organization, including the upload to the blog; 5—presentation style, including use of visual material in Powerpoint or Prezi and engaging voice/speech.