1. As students enter the classroom each day, they
should have all the materials needed for their
presentations ready. Make sure students who are
presenting the following day are reminded to
be prepared. Depending on your room organization,
you may wish to reorient your desks to a pattern
which is conducive to presentations. You may
want to have a music stand available for students
to place their visual aids so they do not hide
behind them. If you wish to have the class members
evaluate their classmates’ presentations,
have enough evaluation sheets copied to cover
the number of presentations scheduled for that
day (see lesson “Evaluating Rhetoric” for
evaluation criteria). This is generally a good
idea because it not only keeps students focused
on the speakers, but also helps them consider
what improvements or alterations they want to
make in their own speeches.
If time allows at the end of each presentation day, discuss
with the class the things that they have learned from
participating in this project.
Students who have not yet presented should
finalize preparation of their projects.
sure to have an assessment tool prepared
for judging student presentations. Taking
notes during each presentation is very
helpful, as well as having a checklist
to make sure that students include all
the fundamental parts of the project.
Make sure to consider the following elements:
Has the student…
* Successfully and smoothly incorporated
elements from the disciplines of science,
social studies, math, and English?
* Focused intently on the environmental
issue and explored its potential threat
health and wellbeing?
* Completed the needed research on their
assigned country or region of the world?
Is the research thoughtfully analyzed and
* Incorporated numerical data into the presentation
by means of charts or graphs which are
reasonably easy to read and understand?
Utilized a variety of visual aids to add
information and enhance interest in the
presentation, including maps?
Presented the speech in an interesting
and natural way, demonstrating that practice
time has been invested in the speech?
Delivered a speech with a persuasive thesis,
powerful words, and logical organization?
* Included at least one of the persuasive
appeals (logic, emotion, or ethics)?.