Assignment 2: Format of the Presentation

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Based on the information we have found thus far with regards to our topic of "religious performance" in pre-1750 Russia, we feel as though a lecture-style power point presentation would best serve our research. We plan approach the presentation by providing a historical/political context that frames our research and specifies our focus. In particular, beginning our presentation with information on the political unrest in Russia under the rule of Czar Aleksis, whose reign was characterized by such civilian unrest and the clash between traditional Russian (17th Century religious theater), and Western European culture. We will explore Tsar Alexis' facilitation of this clash of cultural elements. To present the material in an engaging way, we will make the effort to find media that will complement our research and facilitate a better understanding of our presentation. For any quotations that we include in our presentation, we will engage with students by asking for volunteers to read aloud. Throughout the presentation, we will pose questions for the students to consider regarding the material--possibly the same questions we've asked ourselves as we've approached our research. Then, at the end of our presentation, we will close with a discussion of the material presented, possibly highlighting a certain paradox of our research and looking at it through a historiographical lens. This discussion would mean giving students a couple minutes to discuss their ideas in small groups, and then reconvening as a class for the last few minutes to share ideas and conclude our presentation.

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Looks good, but consider these things:
1. Your primary job is to entice the class. You want to rope them into the topic so that each student will (ideally) run out and learn more about Russian Theatre. You don't have time to structure the class like I structure our normal classes. Don't fight the 20 minutes by cramming in as much info as possible; instead, locate the most intriguing aspects of your topic and pitch them to the class.

2. Consider starting with the plays themselves, or some eye-catching dimension of the work. Historical context can be boring. I find your subject fascinating, but how do you entice everyone? Perhaps by starting "inside" the work and then working "out" to the context? Something to think about.

3. Volunteers to read: this will take time. Maybe call on specific people. All of your interactions with the class should be heavily scripted so that you don't lose time.

GRADE: 100%.

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