Each student will choose a topic from the list on the back. You will then complete a written report meeting the following criteria:
LENGTH AND FORMAT: Your report should be approximately 600 words in length, which is around two pages typed, double-spaced. Typing is preferred, but not required.
SOURCES: You must have at least two sources for your report (maximum one encyclopedia, minimum one non-Internet). There are no other restrictions on the sources you may use. While the exact form in which you cite your sources is not important, it is essential that you do cite your sources. DO NOT PLAGIARIZE!!!
CONTENT: You need to develop a thesis statement (like a topic sentence in a paragraph) and include it in the introduction to your paper. You should then organize your paper into three or four body paragraphs, each consisting of a main argument in support of your thesis. Go beyond a simple report on your topic and offer an analysis of how this issue/person/event affects people and nations. Try to explore the causes and effects, the “why” as well as the “what.” Make sure that you organize your content and that you follow the rules or grammar and usage we have discussed! You must turn in the OUTLINE/PLANNING SHEET with your written report!
In addition to the written reports, each student will also make an oral presentation to the class. The oral report should meet the following criteria:
LENGTH: Your presentation should be around three minutes long. This means that you will need to practice at home to make sure that what you intend to say fits into the allotted time frame!
CONTENT: Much like the written report, provide an overview/summary and also indicate significance/importance. Organize your material, make an argument, and remember that you are teaching this information to the rest of the class.
PRESENTATION: You may NOT take a copy of your written report to the podium with you; rather you are limited to the use of one 3X5 note card. It is imperative that you practice in order to do this well!!
DUE DATE: Wednesday, May 8