African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship

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STUDENT “online” PRESENTATIONS:

This assignment is worth 25% of your overall grade.

Research and prepare a 5 minute PowerPoint presentation on the topic. Depending on your style of presentation, this is roughly 5-10 slides of material.

Also, create a recorded voice narration by using a computer microphone. You can use the free recording software called “Audacity” (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/) which is available online for downloading. Save your audio recording as an MP3 audio file. If PowerPoint allows you to do so, you can create an audio as part of your slideshow.

Additionally, please type a transcript of your voice presentation. You should then attach your PowerPoint slideshow, your MP3 audio file (if separate), and your transcript of your presentation as attachments to your assignment submission (attach them below). If you wish to integrate your voice recording with your slide show, but cannot do so directly through PowerPoint, you may upload your PowerPoint slide show at the SlideShare website (www.slideshare.net) and upload the MP3 audio file to the Internet using a free service such as File Qube, which is available online at www.fileqube.com.

Additional technical directions are provided in the “Presentation Tip Sheet for Online Students.”  These directions can help you merge your slideshow with your audio, if you wish to do so; however, this is not required for the assignment. Your presentation (slide show, audio, and transcript) must directly relate to the topic of the designated time eras. Presentations must be well-researched, informative, thought-provoking, and based on the synthesis of facts and ideas from a wide variety of authoritative references.

Grades usually reflect the amount of effort put into the project. Do not re-use or rely solely on class lecture materials or the book as references for your presentation. Do not remake a presentation you or someone else made for another class! Your presentation must use at least three scholarly references (peer reviewed journal articles (hint: find scholarly references on Google Scholar).

References should be discussed in the context of the presentation. References must be listed on your slides, either at the end, or by referencing each topic discussed. Scholarly references must include the authors, name of article, journal, volume, page, and date. You must also include the URL (website address) for the PDF file of the first page of each of the two peer-reviewed journal articles. The best way to find peer-reviewed journal articles is to go to the HCC Library website, log in, and then search  e-library of journals for articles in which you are interested.

TOPIC:

The National Expansion and Reform Era.  Students will choose a smaller more manageable topic that deals with Era of National Expansion and Reform.  For example, a student could pick the “Erie Canal.”

Use the Library of Congress Website: http://www.loc.gov/topics/content.php?subcat=7,  topick a topic and create a small online presentation.

You will “note” your topic in Forum in Unit 2 by July 31st.  You must have the instructor’s approval of topic before proceeding.  Failure to get approval can/will lead to you failing this assignment.

GRADING RUBRIC:

A: Well researched, informative, thoughtful presentation of your topic and excellent analysis of the cultural, social, political, economic, and class implications of it. Report integrates and interrelates your topic with other concepts and ideas covered in class relating to United States History to 1877. Scholarly references are used and discussed in the context of the presentation.

B: Informative presentation of your topic and good analysis of the ethical, social political, economic, and environmental implications of it. Does more than a minimal job of integrating and interrelating your topic with other concepts and ideas covered in class. Scholarly references are used (correctly) and discussed in the context of the presentation.

C:Fair presentation of your topic and analysis of the social, ethical, political, economic, and class/race implications of it. Integrates the topic with other concepts and ideas covered in class. Scholarly references are used and discussed in the context of the presentation.

D: Poor presentation of your topic and analysis of the social, ethical, political, economic, and class/race implications of it. Barely integrates the topic with other concepts and ideas covered in class. Scholarly references are used incorrectly and barely discussed in the context of the presentation.

  1. Did not follow instructions. Major components are missing from presentation.
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