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Final Presentation: Podcast
Final Presentation Podcast
The Goal: To perform an in-depth exploration of a key author covered this term and create an informative and entertaining podcast (5 to 7 minutes long) discussing their works, themes, and impact on American literature.
Step One: Choose an author we’ve covered this term who piqued your interest. This is someone you should be interested in learning more about.
Step Two: Conduct your research. The best place to begin is our discussion forum and the course notes we’ve accumulated throughout our time together. The information-gathering process for this assignment has been a collaborative effort. You may, of course, step outside these notes if any remaining informational gaps need filling.
Step Three: Write your podcast script. The length will vary depending on how quickly you speak, but in order to fill the required 5-7 minutes, aim for approximately 1,000 words.
Your script should contain:
-An introduction: Hook the reader from the very first sentence by offering a few interesting facts or a story about the author.
-A brief biography of the author, highlighting the key points of his/her life.
-A discussion of their most famous/impactful works.
-A discussion of the key themes addressed in their works (with examples). Pay careful attention to any patterns that emerge and consider why this is.
-A description of whether the author is one of Encounters, Revolution, or Rebellion and your rationale for why this is (with examples).
-A conclusion that discusses the author’s impact on American Literature, and a few final words of wisdom/brilliance to close out your presentation with the highest impact. In addition, please reference at least three sources within the presentation. One should be a work by the author; two should be scholarly (peer-reviewed) sources from the APUS library. NOTE: These three sources *must* be directly quoted and cited within your script/podcast.
Step Four: Record the podcast. The recording can be done using audio software on your computer, a free recording download like Audacity, or directly on the web such as through SoundCloud, Speaker.com, or Vocaroo.
Once you have completed your podcast:
Step One: Upload the script for grading as an MS Word document (.doc/.docx). The script should include the text of your presentation as well as an MLA formatted works cited page. (This will be linked to Turnitin and checked for plagiarism.)
Step Two: Upload the audio file (mp3) as an attachment. OR, if the podcast was recorded at a place like SoundCloud, Speaker.com, or Vocaroo, include the direct link to the presentation in the submission textbox. (Be careful of the size limitations. NOTE: If the size of the MP3 file does create an issue, you may embed the MP3 file within the MS Word Script file and upload them together.)