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Katie O'Neill Final Blog

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Well. That was fun. All the research we did, we finally got to present to the class. If nothing else, this project made me exponentially more interested in Elizabethan Theater. It also drowned me in the abundance of information that is out there about Christopher Marlowe. I think the biggest obstacle we overcame was narrowing our project down to one person, one theme, and one play.
During our presentation, I know that I got a little nervous and did not look at the audience enough (terrible public speaking, also weird as a theater major), but I was so focused on spewing out the information and coherently as I could because there was so much we had to get through. What I liked about other groups that we didn't do as much is that some other groups would have group members chime in while other groupers are speaking. I feel like that made it appear as more of a group project than 5 people talking consecutively about the same topic for 4 minutes.
We weren't able to fit all the information we prepared into 20 minutes, but we did a darn good job in my opinion. There is SO MUCH information surrounding Christopher Marlowe, Dr. Faustus, and Marlowe's religion. Fitting as much information as we did into 20 minutes and making it coherent was a feat in my opinion.
I love that the Roman Spectacle group did a performance as opposed to just a presentation. They also incorporated pop culture in a way that was engaging for the audience by putting in the movie clip. I don't think my group would have been able to do any sort of performance though, a presentation fit our project well.
I am happy and sad that it is over, I loved working with my group. We all had fun together and learned so much as a group. However, I am happy that we got to show all of our research to the class and get the project out there for all to see. In the future, I think either narrowing down the topics or helping us narrow down our topics would help a ton. either that or giving us more time to talk.

Katie O'Neill Blog 4

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After seeing the presentations on Tuesday, I feel like the groups did better keeping track of time and not being as flustered in front of the class. Honestly, I feel so bad critiquing the presentations of other groups because at this point, I have no idea what is going to happen when I get up in front of the class. Karma could come back and bite me for saying all these critiques of other people. But, what I picked up from the group presentations Tuesday was this: don't fidget, don't keep looking at Will for time (its distracting), re-stating the argument is a good idea at the end, opening with a funny quote catches the audience's attention well, a brief synopsis of the play is always helpful, the diagrams were nice too, having a timer with you is a great idea, and if your play has cool-but-really-hard-to-pronounce-names, just try and pronounce them. It's awesome for the audience.
I was so interested in Bourgeois Drama. French history is incredibly interesting to me, so this is something that I definitely will look back into once I have more time. (finals..killer). This group talked about the period right before the french revolution and then dipped into the revolution a little bit, which I loved. They also put that awesome Brecht quote at the end.
Reading and listening to the pronunciations of the names in the Gryphius group was so awesome.

Katie O'Neill Blog 3

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For our presentation, I am going to open with talking about Marlowe's life and his religious upbringing. We refer a lot to his turning away from his religion in the presentation so we figured it would make sense for somebody to mention what this religion was. Also, We shouldn't just dive right into analyzing Dr. Faustus without giving the class some background info on Marlowe. I am going to specifically mention his family's religion and how he went to primary school that emphasized the teachings of the church of England and then went to college on a scholarship from a member of the church. His life seemed entirely driven by religion until he wrote that letter to the privy council questioning the bible and religion as a whole. What made him change his mind/ways? Or was he always skeptical of religion and continued to learn about it to strengthen his arguments?

In regards to watching other's presentations, I found a lot of good ideas to use in our presentation. They are as follows: try not to look at note cards (it is distracting to the audience), my presentation needs pictures or engaging aspects (prezi), empty spaces with no talking are awkward for everyone, but also, when the whole group is trying to chime in, it gets awkward. Find the happy medium. When you stand in front of the class and look bored, we're bored. Be engaging. Use your hands when you talk. Don't give too much history without getting to the main point. TALK LOUDLY. While it is a good idea for the whole group to continually contribute, (I think this is so much more engaging, it's like watching a discussion rather than being lectured at) it will make you lose track of time very fast. Talking during a video worked once, but not the second time. If we're going to do that, watch video volume. Making the class read a slide out loud encourages audience interaction.

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