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Oral Report: Instructions
- In gathering information and presenting your report, your main goal is to provide interesting information to the class. You cannot cover all aspects of any topic in a 5-minute report, and so you're not expected to. As you research your topic, your guide for selecting information should be: what would people in the class find most important or most interesting about this topic? Select ONLY 3, 4, or 5 specific things that you think are most important or most interesting about your topic. Plan to speak about 1 or 2 minutes on each of those specific items.
- In regards to sources for your information, you might want to check the Fiero text first for some basic information. However, for most of the topics, you'll have to turn to outside sources. Two or three good sources should be sufficient, but feel free to find more if you'd like. You do NOT have to submit a source list for your report.
- You do not need to submit anything in writing for the report. Your grade on the assignment will be derived entirely from the oral presentation. You'll be graded on (1) how interesting the information is; (2) how organized the report is; (3) using your own words rather than quoting directly from your sources.
- The oral report should run in total about 5 minutes. You might want to time yourself in advance to get an idea of how long you will take. If you think you will run much over 5 minutes, delete some of your information. If you take much longer than 5 minutes to present your report, I may have to cut you off so that we can move on to other things in class.
- To help you present your report, you may write notes on a sheet of paper or a few index cards. You may refer to these notes during your oral report. The notes should be in your own words as much as possible.
- If you would like to pass any visuals around (photocopies of images, etc.), that's fine. If you would like to present a brief PowerPoint for your presentation, bring it in on a flash drive. To be sure that the PowerPoint will play in class, please save it in .ppt format, NOT .pptx format. If your oral report is on music, you should consider some way to let the class hear the music. Speak to me in advance about how you plan to do that.