LITR 5831 Seminar in Multicultural Literature:

American Immigrant

presentation assignments

Video presentation

(sometimes DVD, sometimes web)

(App. 15 minutes total, though discussion may continue.)

PowerPoint presentations are discouraged. If you prefer to use PowerPoint, use only for materials not available on the course website (e.g., for your own questions or summaries of your answers).

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

Before class . . .

Student presenter reviews assigned video(s). (If DVD, instructor provides in advance.)

            Student is not responsible for screening entire video but is expected only to watch enough to satisfy presentation requirements.

Choose 2+ scenes to show to class.

Questions to consider (during preparation or as questions for discussion)

How do the direction, acting, and / or settings confirm, enrich, or challenge expectations from reading the text?


In class . . .

1. Student previews scene selections (i.e. where the scenes occur in action of the play) + reasons for choosing these scenes & what to look for.

2. Student shows scenes. At end of each scene, student comments on highlights or issues, asks questions of class, or opens discussion to comments and questions.

For questions, ask students if they saw what you saw, or what else they saw relevant to discussion. Especially consider confirmation or variation of genre conventions.

Presenter may replay parts for further review.

3. When discussion seems complete, student summarizes what may be learned from video with the text we're reading.

What's the difference between reading a text and seeing a film of it?