The Surprisingly Boring Truth about Millennials and Narcissism

Overview:

We have engaged with a number of provocative pieces of writing over the course of the semester. You will address, analyze, and assess one of these pieces of writing.

This analytic presentation involves a sustained assessment of your chosen author’s arguments and the means by which these arguments are crafted. To do so, you will identify relevant quotations in which your author defines important terms, expresses her/his main claims, and offers evidence to support her/his arguments.  By building on your knowledge of rhetorical appeals, you will then analyze how your author constructs her/his arguments. Finally, you will assess the persuasiveness of your author’s claims and her/his piece of writing as a whole.

YOU MUST ATTEND ALL THE PRESENTATIONS OF YOUR CLASSMATES. If you miss a class without a valid documented excuse, it will deduct 5% from your presentation grade if you miss class presentation weeks.

Instructions:

Before crafting the presentation:

  1. Choose a piece of writing either from the syllabus or from the list of short articles available under “Analytic Essay Articles” on Blackboard.
  2. Colour code quotations where your author  a) defines important terms                                                                                                                                        b) clearly states her/his main argument(s)                                                                                                             c) provide evidence for these claims

The presentation:

  1. Organize your presentation around the quotations that address a, b, and c above
  2. Craft an introduction:
    1. Use a hook statement that grabs the audience’s attention while setting the parameters for your presentation topic
    1.  Briefly identify all the major discussion points you address in your analytic presentation
  3. With reference to your knowledge of rhetorical appeals, analyze a, b, AND c by attending to the ways in which they are constructed and conveyed.
    1. What type of rhetorical appeals would best suit the author’s thesis (ethos, pathos, or logos)? What type of rhetorical appeals does the author actually use? Is this effective at supporting the thesis? What type of rhetorical appeals does the author need to use more of?
    1. Are there any holes within the types of rhetorical appeals the author uses? Is the evidence they provide accurate, complete, and applicable to their argument?
    1. Does the style (language, tone, pace etc) of the writing support the author’s overarching goals?
  4. Assess whether the author successfully argues for her/his thesis and why. Offer solutions to any of the author’s rhetorical weaknesses.
  5. Craft a conclusion that ties your main ideas together in a succinct fashion
  6. Use visual aids and other tools to keep audience engaged throughout the length of the presentation.

Tips:

  • Remember to use the MEAL plan to organize your script for part 3 and 4.
  • Practice your presentation a few times and make sure you meet the 5 minute requirement without going too far over time.
  • You are welcome to use power point or other visual aids.
  • DO NOT SPEND A LOT OF TIME SUMMARIZING THE TEXT. I am not grading the author you’ve chosen, I am grading your ANALYSIS of that author.
  • Come see Professor Cowan if you have any questions—I’m here to help!

Grading Criteria

A Presentations:

  • Complete 1-6 in an engaging, insightful fashion, offering concrete evidence for each analysis point and assessment.
  • Communicate analysis in a clear, succinct fashion
  • Engage the audience through unique and successful strategies
  • Do not rely on notes
  • Speak clearly and audibly (eg., very few “umms”)
  • Have an excellent, confident stage presence
  • Presentation is polished and well-practiced
  • Use the full 5 minutes but does not go over time.

B Presentations:

  • Complete 1-6 in an engaging fashion, offering concrete evidence for each analysis point and assessment.
  • Communicate analysis in a clear, succinct fashion
  • Engage the audience through successful strategies
  • Rely on notes for more than 15% of the presentation
  • Speak clearly and audibly (eg., few “umms”)
  • Have a strong  stage presence
  • Presentation is well-practiced
  • Use the full 5 minutes but does not go over time.

C Presentations:

  • Complete 1-6 in a somewhat engaging fashion, offering concrete evidence for some analysis point and assessment.
  • Communicate analysis in a somewhat clear fashion
  • Somewhat engage the audience
  • Rely on notes for about 25% of presentation
  • Speak somewhat clearly and audibly
  • Presentation is somewhat practiced
  • Use 3-5 minutes

D Presentations:

  • Does not complete 1-6, often lacks evidence for each analysis point and assessment.
  • Does not communicate analysis in a clear fashion
  • Does not engage the audience for the majority of the presentation
  • Rely on notes for about 50% or more of presentation
  • Speak clearly and audibly (eg., few “umms”)
  • Presentation is visibly unpracticed
  • Is significantly under time
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