As you all know, the final step in the
term is a research presentation based on your results in the research
paper. I wish this presentation to be more polished and
professional than a standard presentation such as the one you did
earlier in the term. The reason for this is simple. Some of
you will be presenting work at Phi Alpha Theta next year and the more
experience you have with presenting your work, the easier that
experience will prove to be. With that in mind here are the
requirements for the presentation:
1) The total time for the presentation is 15 minutes. Do not go
over or there will be deductions. After the presentation you will
have 4 minutes in which to take questions from your audience.
2) Begin your presentation with an introduction in which you tell the
audience about your topic, its significance in Atlantic world secondary
literature, and your thesis.
3) Next move on to a discussion of the historiography on your topic and
how your project relates to it.
4) Now discuss the main findings. You need not follow your
research paper in a blow-by-blow fashion. It is probably better
to identify the main points and then cover them in the manner that you
think will make them most accessible to your audience.
5) On concluding your paper, return to the broader context of Atlantic
world history and discuss briefly what your work suggests as to where
the field should go given your findings.
6) Ask for questions.
There are two ways to present your material that I will allow.
1) You may use note cards, though if I see you reading from them too
closely I will mark off for that as this is not an engaging
2) You may put together a PowerPoint presentation of 5-7 slides' worth
of text with no more than 3 illustrations.
No other presentation methods are acceptable.