For this exercise, choose a poem from The Open Door and read it to the class. It’s that simple. Or is it? Reading aloud is a form of interpretation. There are choices to be made at every line:
You do not need to memorize the poem, but you should be familiar and comfortable with it. Try to make eye contact with the class.
For the remainder of your presentation (in total, 4-10 minutes), try to lay out some of the thinking that went into your preparation. What did you try to emphasize? This may involve giving us some background information, e.g., a poetic form or rhetorical term, or an event or location the poet refers to.
By the beginning of the next class (following your presentation), post a short reflection (minimum 150 words) on your prepared reading. How has practicing for an oral presentation change the way you approach the poem or the poet? Why did you make the decisions you did? In retrospect, would you have chosen differently? How would you have improved the presentation? Admitting to mistakes or anxieties is a sign of self-awareness, and will never result in loss of marks.
Worth 5% of overall grade.
Sign up for presentation dates on Blackboard (Presentation sign-up > Open Door).