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 simply 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
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 Policy ).
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
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 task.
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 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 student.