As I stated in class, the group presentations will involve
your discussion of the major points of the text(s) for the day,
including relevant historical and biographical
information. At the bare minimum, you need to go over the
assigned Homework Questions for the day. You may also use
the other discussion questions from our class page for guidance,
but you don't necessarily have to answer them all. I would
also suggest you don't just answer the questions as the sole
basis of your discussion. Instead, investigate and discuss
the major themes, many of which are listed in the "Things to
Consider" section of the discussion questions page.
Essentially, I would like for you to be as creative as you can
at the same time that you facilitate the rest of the class in
getting a better understanding of the readings.
Again, at the bare minimum, you need to go over the
assigned Homework Questions for the day.
Before class on the day of your presentation, Groups are
also expected to submit cone copy of an accompanying "script"
or "report" or whatever you want to call the hard copy of your
presentation (outline, synopsis, etc.) to Canvas.
If you are using power-point (which is not required),
please submit your slides to Canvas at the beginning of the
class as well.
All information taken from secondary sources must
be clearly and accurately documented (See Plagiarism
Do not just summarize the text or read from the section
introductions in the text. The class will have read all
that already. You need to go beyond what is presented in
At the same time, it is recommended that groups recite,
or encourage class members to recite, shorter poems.
Doing so helps students get a better feel for the poems.
This is a team effort, so it will require
everyone to participate, not only in performing his or her
individual tasks, but also in combining all the individual parts
into a coherent unit.
Not everyone actually needs to speak during the
presentation. If one member is not as good at
public speaking, perhaps that person can be assigned another
The presentation will be graded by the
instructor as a whole, not according to each section. In
terms of grades, each member of the group will evaluate herself or
himself and the others using a grading sheet, based on a
percentage of effort put in. I will make every effort to
maintain a secret ballot environment. At home, I will
average the different grades together and provide on each member's
grading sheet the group grade and the resulting grade for that