You will be required to be a discussion leader once during the
Note that your preparation as discussion leader is worth 10 points
(10%) toward your term grade.
Here's what you need to do:
- reading response
Make sure that you do your reading response. Answer all the questions
thoroughly. Since everyone else is supposed to do this too, thinking
about these questions a few days ahead of time will give you some
preparation. Take several points of view---
for example, think about answering the contribution question from both
positive and negative perspectives.
- leading questions
Come up with 3-5 "leading questions" about the
article---questions that you think (hope!) will get your classmates'
minds going and stimulate some conversation in the class.
Relate the article to the textbook reading for the day, as well as
textbook chapters and articles from previous days.
- multi-media materials
Can you find any multi-media materials (e.g., video clips) that are
relevant to the article and would be interesting for the class to
If yes, either bring them to class on a laptop or flash drive, or
email the links to me ahead of time so I can download them
and have them ready in class.
Movies and demonstrations tend to help keep people awake and interested. :-)
And here are some hints:
- Your presentation should last about 20 minutes and should end
with some intriguing questions to get class discussion going (for
another approximately 20 minutes).
- It is best to use visual aids, like slides.
- You can bring slides on your laptop or you can post them on a web
page or bring them on a USB drive so that we can display them in class.
- You may have handouts if you want, but they are not required.
There's a copy machine in the CS dept office which we can use to make
copies of handouts if you have them.
10 points total
Please send me your presentation in PDF format.