1 – 1 1/2 hours

Learning outcomes

  • Practice composing strategies, including annotating, brainstorming, outlining, storyboarding, prototyping/drafting, and reflection
  • Develop facility with PowerPoint’s affordances
  • Deliver an oral presentation to a group of peers
  • Practice collaboration with a partner

Assignment Description

  1. With a partner, choose a single narrative from the archive and read through it quickly, annotating as you go. (8-10 minutes)
  2. Discuss the parts of the narrative you each found most interesting. (4-5 minutes)
  3. Using paper and pencils/pens, create a rough storyboard for a PowerPoint presentation (10-12 minutes). The storyboard should describe
    1. Lines, themes, and metaphors that you want to focus on in your oral presentation
    2. Potential media, including images, video, audio, and animations that will help make your presentation more engaging.
  4. Take 10 more minutes to create just a few PowerPoint slides based on that storyboard, including media.
  5. Present these slides to the larger group (5-7 minutes).
  6. After each presentation, everyone should reflect, either out loud or in writing, on the choices they made and the strategies they used. (5-10 minutes)