Come to class with photocopies of at least two possible passages on which you would like to give your oral presentation.
Your passages should be 40-80 lines of consecutive text and must be selected from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Poisonwood Bible, and Into the Wild (see class note)
Passages and presentation dates will be assigned on this day. To prepare for your presentation:
• Review the rubric criteria for determining your score. This is a formal IB assessment and counts for 15% of your overall IB grade.
• Type and double space your passage. You will need room to annotate thoroughly. On the day of your presentation, have an extra copy for me.
• Your goal is to speak for ten minutes and then respond to one follow-up question.
• You will be presenting from a desk and may bring any of your own materials, such as a copy of the novel, your annotated passage, an outline, notecards, etc. (No “outside” materials or sources, i.e. Sparknotes, etc.)
• Remember, it is not a good idea to write/read a “speech.” You will never fill the time requirement this way.
• Your presentation should include a thorough discussion of the ideas expressed in the passage, as well as a detailed analysis of the effects of literary features. You should refer to several examples of specific language from the text and its implications. Be sure to include a discussion of the significance of the passage to the novel as a whole, and to connect ideas and literary features from the passage to those from other areas of the work.
• DO NOT choose a passage that you deem significant simply because of its role in the PLOT. You will never be able to analyze such a passage for ten minutes. Instead, choose a passage with rich language that you can discuss in terms of thematic implications, motifs, and other literary features.