CLAS224 Word Elements
Department of Classics
Monmouth College

Group Presentations

Working in groups of three or four, students will choose one of their own etymology projects for a ten-minute presentation to the entire class. In order to do this, each member of the group will prepare a written c.600-word statement suggesting ways that each of the projects could be presented to the class. These statements should be shared with other members of the group and with the instructor. This statement must be written BEFORE the first group meeting.

Each person in the group should make their project available as soon as possible to other group members. This is easy for those projects in electronic form. If a project in another medium is in the instructor's possession, please let him know and it will be made available to other group members.  For these non electronic projects, group members should also share their own written descriptions of the projects, too.

Before the group meets to discuss the presentation, each group member should write a meaty paragraph discussing how each project could be presented. This discussion should not evaluate the quality of the presentation, but focus on its presentability.

When the group meets, you can use these suggestions as a starting point for preparing the presentation. The group has complete freedom in deciding how to present the projects. My only stipulation is that people NOT present their own projects one by one. Either the group should present each project as a group, or you can present each other's projects.

Based upon these statements and group discussion, the group will decide which project is best suited for presentation and decide how to make this oral presentation. The group will be graded on oral technique, originality, and content.  The projects can be presented as a group or serially, but the presentation should be a group effort. Individuals should not present their own projects one by one; that is, individuals should NOT present their own project, even in summary form, by themselves. All participants are also expected to submit at least a 300-word statement which summarizes their own individual contributions to the planning and the actual presentation. All of these presentations will take place at the final meeting during the examination period. (Please consult course schedule for exact day and time). Students will receive a group grade for the presentation and an individual grade based upon the information in the statement. The average of the group and individual grades will be 5% of the final grade.

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