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All members of seminar will offer brief in-class reports on scholarly articles.  Each report should review the central argument(s) of the article, and its relevance to Greco-Roman biography.

     Please follow the guidelines below when preparing your reports.  Visit the Reading list for full citations of the articles you have been assigned.


  Format.
 

Please adopt a "Who? What? and So what?" approach during your presentation.  Report the following:

(1) the author and title of the article, as well as the journal in which it appears;

(2) the content of the article — what it says, as well as the methods it employs;

(3) your reaction to the article, and how it is (or is not) important to the study of ancient biography or the current author.

Note that your reports will frequently serve to introduce a larger discussion.  The key is not to summarize every point, but to convey the essence of the argument through select examples.  This is critical thinking in action!


  Length.
 

     You should be as brief as is reasonable, without doing the article a disservice.  On the other hand, no reports should exceed 15 minutes.  As noted above, there will most likely be time after your report to return to the issues in your article.


  Handouts.
 

     Handouts are an excellent way to convey an article's content and significance to your audience (which has not read the article).  The art of the handout, however, is difficult to master.

     At a minimum, a handout should include the following:

(1) your name, the name of the course, and the date;

(2) a bibliographic citation of the article;

(3) a summary of the article's main points in bulleted form.

     You may be tempted to include a fuller handout, perhaps even to give your audience a copy of your notes.  I do not recommend this — your listeners may be tempted to read the handout and tune you out.

     I suggest that you instead make two handouts:  one for you that is full and detailed, from which you can make your presentation;  and one for your audience, a condensed and reconfigured version of your handout, which conveys the main points of your article.

     Note that if your article incorporates texts that we have not read in this class, it will be useful to supply excerpts so that your audience will be on the same page.


Remember that article reports are worth 20% of your grade in CC 365.  I will provide periodic feedback, and offer suggestions where appropriate.

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