ARTS 106/Art History II Cultural Research Presentation Assignment
This assignment provides you with an opportunity to share your research with the class. This is also an opportunity to practice and demonstrate your oral and visual presentation skills. Also, if needed, this is an opportunity for revision.
Present the information delivered in your research paper in a PowerPoint presentation.
- Effectively condense and distill the information presented in your research paper into a PowerPoint presentation. There are no slide number requirements, but your presentation must be approximately 5 minutes. In a short amount of time, you must introduce your thesis, adequately defend your thesis and present your conclusion. Continue to meet (or revise to meet) all thesis, thesis support, and conclusion requirements.
- Adhere to formatting guidelines. Your title slide should list the title, author’s name, course name, professor’s name, and date due. Your images must be properly labeled. You don’t need to spend a great deal of time on graphic design. But, do consider how the design and formatting affect the presentation. For example, it’s not a good idea to present all your information in just one slide. It’s also a bad idea to use a 1-point font.
- Cite all facts, paraphrased ideas, and quotes accurately in MLA format both in-text and in a works cited slide. You might cite less in your presentation than in your research paper. Only cite what you’ve actually included in your presentation.
- You may speak casually, and use humor in your presentation. But, continue to demonstrate critical thinking skills. Recognize subjective information. Do not state preferences, beliefs, assertions, assumptions or other subjective information as facts.
- Attempt to engage your audience by asking questions or some similar strategy. Also, add some creative element to your presentation. This special element could be extra attention to the design of the PowerPoint, some interactive element, music, or any extra element that somehow improves the presentation experience.
- Effectively express your ideas. Unlike the research paper assignment, which requires complete sentences and standard paragraphs, you may use simple phrases and/or break from standard paragraphing when creating this assignment. Use this freedom to clearly express your thoughts in a presentation format.
An A+ presentation meets all the criteria listed below. Ten points will be deducted if the presentation is late.
Formatting and Presentation, 10 points possible
- Image labels are correct (title, artist, date, materials, dimensions, and provenance).
- Title slide has appropriate information (title, author’s name, course name, professor’s name, and date due).
- Evidence of some thought is evident in formatting/design. Formatting/design does not make it difficult to understand the presentation.
- Presentation is approximately 5 minutes.
Thesis, 10 points possible
- Thesis is presented in the first or second minute of the presentation.
- Thesis focuses on the relationship between art and culture.
- Thesis is written very clearly; wording does not make it difficult to understand the thesis.
- Thesis is specific.
- Thesis takes a stand on a topic; it is not a question, topic, or fact.
- Thesis is the result of critical thinking; it’s based on some objective reasoning, and not simply a subjective statement.
Conclusion, 10 points possible
- The conclusion is presented in the end of the presentation.
- The conclusion is clearly expressed; wording does not make it difficult to understand the conclusion.
- Conclusion is appropriate for the thesis; the thesis and conclusion match.
- Conclusion is not redundant; it avoids restating information already covered in the presentation.
- Conclusion provides information on the real world value of the thesis, states a call to action, makes a prediction, or uses a similar strategy.
- Conclusion is the result of critical thinking; it’s based on some objective reasoning, not based entirely on subjective preferences.
Citation and Avoiding Plagiarism, 10 points possible
- All facts, paraphrased ideas, and quotes are cited in-text.
- Works cited slide lists all works cited in the presentation.
- Works cited slide is correctly formatted.
Research and Thesis Support, 20 points possible
- Presentation contains enough information to adequately support the thesis.
- All sources are credible. Credible sources are published or hosted by individuals or groups with appropriate credentials.
- All sources directly support the thesis.
Critical Thinking, 20 points possible
- Assumptions are avoided.
- Subjective information, assertions, and beliefs are not stated as facts.
- Generalizations are avoided.
- Thesis is supported with correct, objective information.
Engaging the Audience, 20 points possible
- The presenter engages the audience by asking questions or some similar strategy.
- The presenter uses a creative element, such as extra attention to the design of the PowerPoint, some interactive feature, music, or any extra element that somehow improves the presentation experience.