LITR 4328 American Renaissance

Discussion Leader Presentation

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PowerPoint presentations (and other such programs) are discouraged. If you prefer to use PowerPoint (etc.), use only for materials not available on course website (e.g., for your own questions or summaries of your answers). You may always bring handouts on paper or aids on a thumb drive for projection, or email ahead for posting to course website,

Do not copy and paste materials from course website into PowerPoint. Go directly to website for materials (e.g., text passages, instructor's discussion questions, objectives, etc.).

Student location: Student may work up-front or remain seated; instructor can help with computer-projector.

Length: 8-12 minutes for presentation; Discussion may continue indefinitely.

Responsibility: You're not responsible for the day's entire reading assignment. You may choose one or two texts from day's assignments, or focus on part of one text.


Required parts to presentation: (order of these parts may change)

Open presentation by inviting students to raise questions, problems, or overall observations regarding reading assignment. (Questions may be addressed to instructor as well as discussion leader.)

Identify theme or issue in reading assignment, relate to a course objective or central term, or preview discussion questions.

Direct seminar to to 1-2 brief passages in day's texts (locate by paragraph numbers on web-screen). Read selections, briefly commenting on application to opening theme or course objective.

Ask a question or questions to begin discussion. The question should follow from your reading, but it may also appeal more broadly to the challenges that the text may present to the class. You may also refer to other class readings. At some point, presenter must ask at least one of the instructor's Discussion Questions..

Lead discussion. Ask follow-up questions, or restate original question. Sometimes it's good to start with several questions at once. (If you don't know answers, ask for help from students or instructor.)