LITR 4340 American Immigrant Literature

Model Assignments Highlights

PowerPoint presentations (and other presentation programs) are discouraged. If you prefer to use PowerPoint (etc.), use only for materials not available on course website (e.g., for your own questions or summaries of your answers). You may always bring handouts on paper or aids on a thumb drive for projection, or email ahead to instructor for posting to course website,


Do not copy and paste materials from course website into PowerPoint. Go directly to website or course texts for materials (e.g., text passages, instructor's discussion questions, objectives, etc.).


Student location: Student may work up-front or remain seated; instructor can help with computer-projector.


Length: 8-12 minutes for presentation; Discussion may continue indefinitely.


Designated student uses website to take class to midterm or final samples from Model Assignments to review outstanding or impressive passages as models for upcoming assignments.


Since all three exams have the same three partsEssay, Web Highlights, & Research Report (or topic proposal)—student should review at least one model assignment for each part.


The student is required only to find a passage or two for each part, before the class meeting, to use the class computer to find and highlight the passages, read them over with the class, and comment about why s/he chose the passage(s) and either what s/he learned from it or how s/he differs.


Other students will not have seen these passages, so discussion may be limited, but as the presentation proceeds, the presenter should ask simple, broad questions to involve the class:


Examples of discussion questions:


"Did you see what I saw? Did any other parts work for you?"


"What made this a good answer for you?" 


 "Did anyone see anything else worth commenting on?"


"If you were grading this passage, what kind of positive or negative criticism might you offer?"


The student presenter may lead discussion for a few minutes, but the instructor will take over eventually.


Examples from 2007 Student web highlights

Examples from 2006 Student Poetry web highlights

(These are models from earlier semesters. Written submissions of your presentation are no longer required and may differ in detail.)