Instruction For Oral Presentation
The oral presentation is worth 12% of your grade. This assignment consists of four parts (for detailed explanation on each part, please read II-VI below):
You have a choice of completing ONE of the following (in either A or B below):
A. EVENT, TRIP, CONFERENCE, ETC.- You may attend an event, a trip, a conference, or the like (See IX below). The information gleaned from this trip would be written down (take good notes!) and then used in the corresponding listed steps, III-VII below. For example:
B. SELECTING AN ARTICLE - The article you select should relate to any part of this environmental studies course. Therefore, it may be on the subject of humans and nature, environmental history, wilderness concepts, natural resources, environmental ethics, environmental politics, environmental economics, environmental issues, waste management, energy management, or sustainable living. The article you select must come from a SCIENTIFIC source such as an article from a journal or magazine (i.e., any reputable environmental/ ecological/scientific journal) such as Sierra, Linkages, Nature, Nature Conservancy, Science News, Discover, Scientific American, JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, Science, Environment, Issues in Ecology, Wild California, or Natural History. Your article may also come from the Science and Technology section in Tuesday's San Jose Mercury News. It is fine to get your article off of the Internet provided that it comes from any of the above-listed scientific sources.
Other web sites include:
After attending the event, trip, or conference, or after "reading" the article using the PQ3R method of reading, summarize your information in concept map form. Your concept map may be any style, including the flow chart style that I will use so often this semester. Your map should be 3-4 tiered and should include main points, sub-points, supporting detail, and examples. Words should be kept to a minimum. Color and shapes (such as boxes and circles) should be included. Your concept map must be readable from the back of the room for credit(i.e., at least 30 font size!). The overhead projector merely projects onto a screen: it does not make your font size larger! Please see me if you have questions on whether your concept map has large enough letters. Thank you. Please submit your concept map (with your name written on the top right hand corner of your concept map) upon completion of your power point oral presentation.
Part of your power point oral presentation should include additional facts or studies supporting or refuting your article. To include additional facts, consult another source such as your textbook, or another article (or talk with me). Then, add this additional information into your oral presentation. Additionally, discuss whether these facts support or refute your article. This section is really meant to be a way for you to critically analyze your information or article.
Questions you may want to consider, for the last part of your oral presentation, include: How does the information relate to you, your family, your (primate) ancestry, the environment, and or society in general? and, What did you learn from the information? You should finish off your power point oral presentation with a conclusion statement.
As stated above, the powerpoint oral presentation consists of a 5-minute presentation that will be presented in class. Please do not exceed the 5-minute time limit. This oral presentation is meant to be very relaxed and low key (you do not even need to stand up); it is a great way for all of us to learn from one another. Ideally your presentation should include three major parts: the summary, how the information/article relates, and additional facts. Additionally, I would suggest that you have your concept map on power point if possible; otherwise, use a transparency (for an easy and concise oral presentation). Additionally, it is helpful to use the classroom "pointer" in your presentation.
3 Points = concept map, readable with large font (please use in your presentation)
3 Points = "additional facts" and "relating" your information or article
1 Point = submitting the information/article and concept map; following directions
3 Points = 5 minute power point oral presentation (speak loudly please!)
10 Points Total
Please note the subjects listed under the "week" column on your tentative class schedule. Please think about the subject upon which you would like to present. Begin thinking about where you want to go or begin searching for a scientifically sound article right away. Once you have selected a subject, please sign in under the subject listed on the oral presentation sign-up sheet. PLEASE SIGN UP ASAP. THANKS!
Sign up under one of the following sections:
Email: Kristin Jensen Sullivan
Office: KC 214
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