Final Project: All Aunt Hagar’s Children Group PowerPoint Presentations
The members of each group will focus on one of the sets of linked themes listed below, and will analyze those themes as they are manifested in one of the short stories from Edward P. Jones’s short story collection All Aunt Hagar’s Children. Each group must read two stories assigned by me, and must choose one for the presentation.
In addition, each group is expected to link their presentation to at least one other author whose texts explore their linked themes, and utilize them in the overall presentation. As some of these themes overlap, you may also interweave some of the other relevant thematic discussions from other readings done during the semester into this group presentation.
Your major theme should be considered as the central, controlling idea of your piece—again, if you find that other themes of significance are surfacing and converging with your major theme as you develop your project, please note them. Your thesis should reflect your theme in a clear, well-articulated manner.
1) Alienation and community
2) Education and intellectualism
3) Faith and religion
4) Gender relations, sexism, sexual exploitation, and sexuality
5) Justice and injustice
6) Radicalism and rebellion
You are encouraged to use video, film, photographs, text (including quotes from the text), and other documents to create a PowerPoint presentation of your work (maximum10 minutes in length).
You must include a slide listing the “Credits,” i.e., the specific contribution made by each group member. In addition, you must create a Works Cited Page as the final slide of your presentation, using MLA-style. Refer to the MLA Style Guide on the course blog for MLA-style compliance. At our final class meeting, the group members will present their projects. I encourage you to be as imaginative as possible with these presentations.
Below is a list of the criteria for your PowerPoint, adapted from a rubric adapted from a former colleague.
Final Project Rubric for PowerPoint Presentation Photo-documentaries and Essay
The following categories provide a clear list of the elements that are expected in each group’s project, regardless of its form and purpose. Use these criteria as a tool that will enable you, as the designer, to produce persuasive communication by means of innovation, creativity, and polished reflection. Each of the categories is worth 4 points, for a total of 20 points of the final grade.
Thesis and Purpose: Points_____
How clear is your thesis? Is the topic compelling and relevant not only to your own interests but to an issue of larger significance? How well do the images (photos, film, or other visuals) illustrate both the thesis and its related ideas in a cogent manner?
Does the project follow a logical flow of thought? Do these ideas transition well and are they well-supported by both visual and interpretive qualities? Is the project free of grammatical errors and does it show familiarity with simple, compound, and complex sentence structures? Can it be used as a model for other students in the future?
Technical Image and Quality/Audio Recording and Editing: Points_____
How well have you operated your camera, produced high-quality digital files, or created high quality images? This also includes how well you utilized the basic elements of photography, including lighting and composition, to make or choose the most interesting photographs possible. Do the photographs demonstrate a variety of images and perspectives? Do they seem to illustrate or create a pattern of thought? How well have you recorded (or integrated) sound, including ambient sound and interviews, and how will have you edited the packaged product if sound is not provided? How does the overall final project look, including captions, titles, transitions, audio, and image?
Caption Information and Presentation: Points_____
Is there a clear integration of the visual and written composition of the final project? How well have you complemented your images with written text? How does the written text (approximately 750 – 900 words) act to amplify and enhance the quality of the project as a whole? Are original insights supported by relevant research in your written text or is it merely expository?
Individual Performance: Points_____