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Report Evaluation Page

1. When you present your report to the class, keep in mind that it should be short: 5 minutes maximum. You can also team up with another class member, if you choose to do so. If you do, you may combine the number of allotted minutes (e.g., 2 people could have up to 10 minutes), although you do not have to do so.

2. You can use PowerPoint or other presentation tools, but they are not required. If you use PowerPoint, you need to upload it to a presentation site such as Slideshare or email the presentation to yourself so you can log in to the classroom computer and bring it up from there.


3. Your presentation may focus on something you wish to work on for your paper. You may also want to work on one of the following:

4. The report section of the class day will take about 30 minutes for all reports; be considerate of others and plan your time accordingly.

5. If you want to change your report date, you can do so as long as you notify me 24 hours in advance. If you miss your presentation day or are unprepared to give the report at the beginning of class, you can sign up for a later day (if available), but the report will be marked as late one class day (one letter grade). Reports are only presented on report days, not on days in between. The report topic must relate to the portion of the course that we are studying.

Fact Sheets

If you choose the report option, you need to prepare a one-page Fact Sheet to hand out to the class at the time of the report. You should make 20-30 copies, depending on the number of students in the class.

The Fact Sheet must be handed out at the time of the report. If the Fact Sheet is missing, the report grade will receive a 5 point deduction.

The Fact Sheet should include the following:

  1. Your name, the title of your report, and the date.
  2. Information (bibliography) on your sources, which should be scholarly sources, not Wikipedia and similar sites. You may make your Fact Sheet interactive, so that the class has to fill in the blanks, or provide the information that you present. What do you want the audience to take away from your report?
  3. You should include at least one scholarly article or book in preparing your report.
Name Topic
9/8 Contexts for Romanticism and Frankenstein
  Victoria Vallay Famous creatures
Rogan Parks Popular representations of Frankenstein (choose 1-2)
Amanda Griffit Joaquin Murieta and Robin Hood
Jon Goyt Frankenstein parodies
Anthony Morley Frederick Douglass
  Poe as critic
9/24 Contexts for Dickens and the Western
  William Kendall Utilitarianism
Adam Faasee Dickens
  The shootout in fiction and film (O.K. Corral, etc.)
Allison P & Megan Z Stephen Crane
  Dickens's Contemporaries
  Open topic
10/15 Contexts for Understanding Imperialism and Race
  Sarah Trethewey Mary Seacole
Dorrie Weber British Empire: Colonial responses to imperial rule
Zoe March Mark Twain
Mikah W & Jace B Rudyard Kipling
Adam Faasee Dickens and Twain
  19th-century views on ecology or open topic
11/3 Contexts for the Aesthetic Movement and Detective Stories
    The Aesthetic movement
Amanda Scott Conventions of the detective story
Emilee Shimazu 19th-century views of sexuality
  Haley Tugaw/Ashley Borello Sherlock Holmes in film and print
  Rachel Roloff Kate Chopin
    Open topic
11/17 Tuesday Contexts for the Decadent Movement and Oscar Wilde
  Brittany Higgins Anderson Oscar Wilde
    The Decadents (Swinburne, Lionel Johnson, etc.) and The Yellow Book
  Gay identity in the 19th century
Sarah Murphy Edith Wharton
Paige Carlson Adaptations of The Picture of Dorian Gray
Kale Avery Oscar Wilde's manuscript at the MASC