Some Suggestions for a Successful Classroom Presentation



Ø     Introduction:  Discuss the reason for choosing this topic.  Discuss how you are personally invested in the project.  How is the project your own?

Ø     Major Research Available:  Summarize the research that has already been conducted on your topic (the research you found).  Cite and summarize the major studies.  Provide a short bibliography if you desire.  A bibliography will be required when you turn in your project paper.

Ø     Methodology:  At this point you should discuss the process you used to complete the project.  Discuss the type of argument that you make.  Is it descriptive, expository, comparison and contrast, analysis, summary, cause and effect?  If you are approaching your project from a particular political position or critical position (for example, feminist) then you should clarify that position.  Define your position.

Ø     Creative Project:  If you have done a creative project (music, drama, arts) then you should present an introduction to the project discussing some of the things above.  Remember that if you choose to do a creative project, you still must include at the end of the term a paper where you discuss theme, conventions, approaches, techniques, application to the literature, etc.

Ø     Results:  You should certainly state your thesis and then demonstrate how you proved your thesis.  In other words, you summarize your project, leading the audience from point to point until you reach your conclusion.

Ø     So What?  By now you realize how important it is that you answer this question.  Why should anyone be interested in your project?  What new knowledge have you contributed to the world?  What intellectual questions and assumptions did you address? 

Ø     Invite Questions:  Be prepared to answer questions from the audience.  Don’t be reluctant to defend your position.  Don’t be reluctant to welcome suggestions or alternate points of view.

Ø     Practice…Practice…Practice!