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Class Presentations

English 680: 20th Century American Children's Picturebooks

        Groups of students will sign up to present contextual material for one of the books on the syllabus. Clicking on this sentence will lead you to the schedule. Presentations (10 minutes in length) should provide information which encourages us to explore connections between the work and the context in which it was created.

        In the preceding sentence, "context" can mean:

        (In case you're wondering, all of my examples use Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss because no group is doing a presentation on either Johnson or Krauss. In other words, no group gains any particular advantage from these examples.)

        The group should select the two contexts that they feel most useful.

        For each of your two contexts, develop a brief handout (one side of one page or two sides of one page) which you can distribute to the class as a reference to the information and insights you will provide. The handout will do five things:

  1. Provide the particular context.
  2. Apply the context to the book. If you were to read the book through this context, at what interpretation(s) might you arrive?
  3. What are the benefits of this approach?
  4. What are the limits of this approach?
  5. Provide an annotated bibliography of relevant secondary sources.

       Students must meet with me in advance to confirm the focus of their presentation.

        You will need to consult relevant resources (some on reserve, others available in the stacks or other library resources). As you can tell from these guidelines, you should plan to meet with your group at least once in advance of the presentation. When you meet with me, I may well be able to recommend some sources for your subject.


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