Dr. Glazier
English/DMS Course Materials
Poetics Program
SUNY Buffalo

ORAL PRESENTATIONS

CONTENT

Your oral presentation should have three parts:

  1. A biographical summary or history/synopsis of the work/author you are presenting.
  2. Analysis of ONE secondary source on the author or topic.
  3. Your own conclusions about the issues or strategies y involved in the work.
Handouts. You must prepare a one-page handout for the class as part of your oral presentation. The handout should briefly summarize your presentation, highlighting its main points, and offering some resources that others may wish to consult. (For example, if you found an extraordinary web site on a particular topic, you may wish to share that URL.)

References. You should also prepare a separate sheet of paper to hand to me that has the date, your name, the topic you are presenting, and a list of the sources you used in preparing your presentation, including URLs where appropriate. I am not expecting volumes of references but it would be useful to see what you found.

Purpose. Remember that the spirit of the oral presentation is for each of us to focus on a topic and share what we discovered with others in the class; it is not meant to just be a task put upon you! Rather, it is a way that we can share the discoveries with everyone in class.

RESEARCHING YOUR TOPIC

Sources you may wish to check include:

  1. Web sources
  2. Online reference materials through the Libraries Web
  3. The library catalog
  4. Printed indexes to little magazines. (Ask a reference librarian)
See Research Notes for suggestions on researching your topic.

E-POETRY PRESENTATIONS

Consult the EPC E-Poetry Library (http://epc.buffalo.edu/e-poetry)

FLASH PRESENTATIONS

For Flash projects check the "Featured Sites" area at http://www.flashkit.com/sites or http://www.randineractive.com. Note particularly sites that integrate language, animation, and sound.