Telling Your Story Part II

Presentation: 50 points
Write-up, 1-2 pages: 100 points, due by Wednesday, March 10


This assignment is similar to a “show and tell” assignment from elementary school. You'll get five to ten minutes to tell the class about yourself indirectly by talking about something that is important to you. Choose whatever you want to talk about, but make sure that it's something that you care about and that you know well. For instance, you might select a hobby, an object (like a gift) that has special significance for you, or a memorable event. You will have access to the audio/visual equipment in the classroom, so you can project clips, play music, or show photographs.

See me in advance to schedule a slot for your presentation—we will do presentations March 10, March 15, and March 17.


In this class I have encouraged you to have a very fluid idea of culture. People move around, adopt new habits, try new things, make new friends, struggle against new obstacles, and in the process culture changes as well.

For your write-up do a little background research about what you share with the class (this background research might also become part of your presentation). Try to trace the history of what you present. How has it travelled? Who else has it appealed to, when, where and why? Then you should think about how you have changed what you are presenting. What does it mean to you? How are you doing things a little differently? To fill out and organize your paper you might tell a story.

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