Ellen Herman

Department of History, University of Oregon

Department of History
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1288



Group Presentation Guidelines

Every member of the group should participate.

Identify what makes your subjects both similar and different and formulate some historical questions about these similarities and differences. What can we learn about your subjects by considering them together that we cannot learn by considering them as individuals?

Think about how you are going to divide the time allocated for your group. How much will be devoted to common themes? How much will be devoted to presenting information about individual subjects?

What information can you present that will convey the significance of your subjects' intellectual contributions efficiently and effectively? Do you want to concentrate on a single work, moment, idea, or comparison? Do you want to narrate a life story? Do you want to tell a story about the intellectual community to which your subject belonged?

Consider the format of your presentation. Do you want to project any illustrations? Bibliographies? Timelines? Would brief audio or video clips make important points?Do you want to provide students in the class with handouts to follow during your presentation?

Prepare yourself for likely questions.

Make sure you plan your time well so that your presentation will fit comfortably into the schedule.