Group Presentation

Please read the following directions before jumping to the sign-up sheet!

Each member of the class will help to lead one discussion. At the “sign-up” link below, you will be taken to a Google Doc with a list of upcoming readings. Please enter your name under one of the weekly headings. For example: if you would like to go early (this might be a smart thing to do if you have several deadlines later in the semester) simply put your name down under “Week 12 – As You Like It.” Only four students are allowed to present in each group.

These presentations are not meant to be overly taxing. You do not need to present a PowerPoint, for example (though visual aids are welcome). Instead, what I am asking of each group is that you prepare a set of passages, topics, and questions to pursue with your classmates. Your job as a group will be to coordinate your questions and evidence so that you can, as much as possible, lead an organized conversation. Questions should not be of the yes/no variety. Rather, try to formulate questions specific to the language of the text. These will most likely be questions without a definite answer. The goal, instead, is to generate lively discussion. The more you are able, as a group, to direct our attention to particularly interesting passages and facilitate discussion about those passages, the better.

To that end, please, in addition to adding your name to the Google Doc, put down the email address where your classmates can reach you. Once you have a set group, I recommend that someone take the initiative by starting a group chat. This assignment requires that you speak together outside of class and coordinate your efforts to ensure that you know what you want to talk about, and in what order. If email is not the best means of communicating, that’s fine! Start with email, and decide among yourselves if you’d rather communicate over text or something else.

And if you run into any trouble or have questions, please let me know as soon as possible. This assignment will be graded based on your organization, clarity of focus, and even distribution of speaking roles. These presentations/discussions should be kept to 30 minutes. If, however, your group is on fire and the discussion is going well, I won’t interrupt.

Above all, I hope this serves as a welcome opportunity to get to know your peers outside of class and to shape class conversation in the coming weeks. Please use the following link to sign up for a presentation: