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ENG 208 & 209 World Literature: Multi-media Presentation (Jordan)

This step-by-step guide will help you complete Ms. Jordan's Eng 208 & 209 world literature multi-media presentation.

1. Getting Started

Exclamation PointFirst Things First - Assignment Requirements

Before you begin work on your presentation, examine the assignment closely for any requirements. 

Q. How long is the presentation? 

For this assignment you will use the Pecha Kucha presentation format.  This type of PowerPoint presentation requires no more than 20 slides with 20 seconds per slide for a total length of 6 minutes and 40 seconds.  The link below explains Pecha Kucha.  A 21st slide will be your Works Cited page.

Q. How many sources?

The textbook will serve as your primary source. You can also use commentary about the work and time period from the textbook. In addition, use two to three secondary sources.

Q. What kind of sources?

Your secondary sources should come from the library resources (databases, ebooks, etc.) although one reputable online source is permitted. Images can also be used, but information on the source of the image should be included  on a separate Image Used slide following the Works Cited slide. This library page has information on citing images in a presentation.

Q. How do you cite sources?

Your Works Cited page must be in correct MLA format.  If you use information from one of your sources in a slide, include the in-text citation at the bottom of the slide.

Q. What is due?

You will record your presentation and upload it to Assignments in D2L. The video just needs to include your PowerPoint presentation and your voice.  No video is required so a webcam is not necessary.

Q. When is it due?

How long do you have to work on this project? Is there one due date for everything or are there multiple due dates for different parts of the assignment?  Plan out your time, so you don't get stuck doing all the work at the last minute. Plan extra time in case you have problems or get stuck.

Selecting a Topic

The first thing you need to do before you begin the presentation is to select the work that you're going to write about. Consider the following:

Q. Do you have a choice?

Your assignment has a list of world literature works to choose from. You can choose an author and work not on the list with permission.

Q. Do you have an interest?

Which work do you find the most interesting.  Which work do you think would be the easiest to write about? Which topic would you have the most to say about?

Q. Are there sources?

Before you totally commit to a work, you'll want to make sure that there are enough outside sources on the work for your assignment. Newer works or works that aren't as well known may be harder to find sources for.  Do some searching in the library's databases to make sure there are sources, and Ask-A-Librarian to double-check if you're not sure there are enough sources for a work you're really interested in.