Many state standards require some proficiency in the use of Analysis, multimedia presentations, and public speaking. This assignment meets these standards as well as several reading, and listening standards in the California Language Arts standards for grades eleven and twelve. However, this is a useful and creative assignment for any rigorous English class where novels or other texts are studied.
The basic assignment is that students lead the class or offer a lecture to the class that closely analyzes a portion of the class text.
This is a good way to get students in front of the class and to get students to really think about the text. I often make this assignment one of several options. For example, a student may choose to do this instead of writing an essay. If an instructor offers extra credit in the class, this would be a solid extra credit opportunity. Finally, though it doesn’t say this in the handout, this might be done as a group activity with different students taking different roles in the assignment (i.e., key analyzer and public presenter).
This unit contains the following:
•The assignment handout, with standards for California listed (alter to meet the needs of your class and state)
•A grading rubric for the instructor