Presentations offer students the opportunity to share ideas and practice oral communication skills. This presentation also asks students to reflect on the semester of work, as well as to develop new technology/social media skills.

In 3 to 5 minutes total, your presentation will include all of the following, in any order:

Identify one text that we read this semester that stands out to you as meaningful, that will remain with you for years after this class. You may use notes for your presentation, but you must not read a prepared statement.

Why does it stand out to you? What about it makes it a text that will remain with you?

Read a short passage from your chosen text. You may use the text for this portion of the presentation.

Why does this passage stand out to you? Use the five-step method for integrating quotations to speak more thoroughly about the passage.

How does this text represent what you learned in Introduction to Fiction?


  • Drafting your presentation helps you organize your ideas and get comfortable expressing them. Do this verbally and in writing. You can free-write or write notes for your presentation, but do not write it out word-for-word.
  • Please practice your presentation!
  • Time yourself to see that your presentation is 3-5 minutes.
  • Make sure that you can pronounce all names and words in your presentation.
  • Use any video camera you have access to (probably your phone) to record your presentation. You might ask a classmate or friend to shoot the video for you.
  • Log in to YouTube with your Google account, or create a new login
  • Upload your video to YouTube, using any of these help instructions
  • You can choose to make your video public, unlisted, or private—go with what feels right to you. (If you experience technical difficulties with embedding a private video, you might need to switch to unlisted)
  • Once the video is uploaded, click on Share, and copy the short URL (not the embed code)
  • Back on the OpenLab, create a new post with a title. Paste that URL into the post, and the video will appear when you click Publish!
  • Be sure to categorize your post as Presentations and tag it with the name of the text and any other tags you think fit your presentation.

Presentations are 10% of the course grade. Presentations will be evaluated based on your ability to convey your ideas, the development and organization of your ideas, and the extent to which you cover all aspects of the presentation.

Presentation Video due Monday, 5/18.

2 thoughts on “Presentations”

  1. Professor, what do you mean by “How does this text represent what you learned in Introduction to Fiction?” Do you mean what we learned about 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person narration?

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