7 module seven: human culture / page 7.1.3 course project: part two:

Objective: Draft the slides and speaking notes for your presentation, keeping the needs of your audience in mind.

Remember that part two of your course project is made up of two parts: presentation slides and speaking notes. The writing templates on this page will guide you through the process of drafting your slides and speaking notes. Later in this module, you can download your presentation draft as a PowerPoint file and upload it directly to Brightspace.

Before you begin drafting your slides, however, make sure to review your exploration document (part one of the course project) and any feedback you may have received from your instructor. Your exploration document contains information that will make it easier to build your presentation.

Consider the Rubric

Be sure to address all the rubric categories in your speaking notes. There are six items you’ll need to address directly and two items you’ll need to keep in mind for your overall presentation.

Items to Address Directly

Your speaking notes should directly address the following six rubric categories:

  1. Overview
  2. Impact the Audience
  3. Evidence
  4. Personally
  5. Studying the Humanities
  6. Humanities

Items to Address Overall

Overall, your presentation should indirectly address these two items:

  1. Message
  2. Articulation of Response (refers to citations, grammar, spelling, and the overall organization of your submission)

Draft Your Speaking Notes

Before you begin drafting responses to the critical elements, keep in mind the assignment prompt for your presentation:

Based on your exploration document, create a presentation that explains how the humanities have affected you both personally and professionally and discusses the impact of your theme on your audience.

Slide 1: Provide an Overview

In this slide, give your audience the big picture. Provide a brief overview of your two artifacts. List each artifact by its title, creator, and medium. State your theme and your thesis statement. In your speaking notes for slide 1, add more detail about the elements you cover in the slide. Say a little more about your artifacts. How are they different from each other? How does the theme you’ve chosen bring these works together? Share how your artifacts are situated within the domain of the humanities.

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In this space, draft speaking notes for your overview slide. Share more details with your audience about your artifacts, theme, and thesis statement, and explain how these are situated within the domain of the humanities.Sample text: My first artifact is a classical piece of music by Gustav Holst, called “Jupiter.” It is part of The Planets, a seven-movement orchestra piece, and it was composed between 1914 and 1916. My other artifact is a mural by a German American artist named Emanuel Leutze. It is called Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way and depicts pioneers traveling west. This mural was painted on a wall inside the U.S. Capitol building in 1862, when the Civil War had just started. Although nearly everything about these two works differs, from their media to their creators, cultures, and time periods, they both share the theme of patriotism, or belonging to a national identity. This is seen in “Jupiter” through the inclusion of an anthemic folk melody in the middle of the piece, and in Westward’s portrayal of manifest destiny and the expansion of a young America.Save ProgressAdd to PresentationTo complete this template, you must click the “Add to Presentation” button.If the button cannot be clicked, make sure you have responded to all the prompts.

Slide 2: Explain Your Theme’s Impact on Your Audience

In this slide, briefly tell your audience how your theme affects them. Imagine who they are. How is your theme relevant to them? Why should they care what your thesis statement says? In your speaking notes for slide 2, add more detail about the potential effects of your theme on your audience. Consult your exploration document and support your response with specific examples.

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In this space, draft speaking notes for your audience slide. Share more details with your audience about the theme and thesis statement as expressed in your cultural artifacts, and how these might impact your audience.Sample text: The theme of patriotism should impact any member of my audience. Regardless of how we each feel about the country in which we live, we all belong to some group. Be it a family, a circle of a friends, or an ethnic group, forming a “patriotic” bond with such groups is essential to developing a sense of belonging and value in life. After all, patriotism is a broad vision and context that gives rise to respect and goodwill for one’s neighbors and promotes a keen sense of belonging. By demonstrating how this universal theme is evident in two very different works within the humanities, I hope to help my audience better develop an appreciation for their own group identities.Save ProgressAdd to PresentationTo complete this template, you must click the “Add to Presentation” button.If the button cannot be clicked, make sure you have responded to all the prompts.

Slide 3: Describe Your Evidence

In this slide, show your audience your cards! Briefly describe the evidence you’ve found that supports your theme. In your speaking notes for slide 3, go into more detail about the evidence and the conclusions you’ve drawn from it about your cultural artifacts.

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In this space, draft speaking notes for your evidence slide. Share more details with your audience about how the evidence you found supports your conclusions about the impact of your theme on yourself and your audience.Sample text: A variety of evidence leads us to conclude that both of these works contain the theme of patriotism. In “Jupiter,” it is found in the middle of the arrangement, which features an anthem-like melody reminiscent of a folk song. According to John Kronlokken (2014), “Holst set this melody to Cecil Spring Rice’s text ‘I Vow To Thee My Country’ in 1921, and it instantly became a symbol of English identity.” This work was composed during WWI and the mural finished at the start of the American Civil War. According to Jim Yancy (2016), Holst’s piece, after being “adapted to fit a poem by Sir Cecil Spring-Rice, ‘I vow to thee, my country,’ … became associated with the strong patriotic feelings resulting from the human cost of World War I.” “Jupiter” captures the spirit of coming together as Englishmen and doing one’s best to resume normal life after the destruction of WWI, with sections of Holst’s composition likely intended to represent everyday life in the town of Thaxted (Kronlokken, 2014). The mural Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way depicts a group of pioneers and frontiersmen heading west and captures the idea of manifest destiny and the expansion of the American nation. The piece also depicts a man standing atop a stone peak with an American flag in his hand. Furthermore, Leutze included a young Black male who had not been present in his original study (Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2012). While Westward’s depiction of pioneers heading west to settle the land and its inclusion of a freedman creates a positive patriotic idea of pressing forward and conquering obstacles, it also bears a negative side when we pause to acknowledge that manifest destiny involved expanding into territory owned by Native Americans. This piece shows us that the benefits of patriotic zeal can also be weighted with heavy costs.Save ProgressAdd to PresentationTo complete this template, you must click the “Add to Presentation” button.If the button cannot be clicked, make sure you have responded to all the prompts.

Slide 4: Describe the Personal Importance of Your Theme and Artifacts

In this slide, get personal. Briefly explain why your theme and artifacts are important to you personally. Share the reasons you’ve selected this particular theme, especially if there are other themes that could apply to these works. In your speaking notes for slide 4, expand on why this theme and these artifacts are meaningful to you.

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In this space, draft speaking notes for your personal importance slide. Share more details with your audience about why your theme and cultural artifacts are important to you personally.Sample text: I chose the theme of patriotism because it is quite meaningful to me, personally. National pride is all around me, as I live in a southern part of the United States with a strong sense of it. The American flag is flown everywhere, including outside the Chick-Fil-A down the street, the national anthem is sung at every baseball game, and the Fourth of July celebrations in my hometown are a huge event. My father also served in the Navy for 16 years, working and fighting to keep our shores secure and our freedom intact. He instilled in me a sense of pride in my country and what it stands for. When I selected my works, however I was not hunting for this theme specifically. Each work simply stood out to me from the gallery, and I didn’t identify a common theme right away. After reading some sources about each of the works, however, the theme of patriotism arose, and I selected it because I thought it was a theme that wouldn’t be readily apparent when first glancing at (or listening to) each of these works, so I hope it makes for an interesting and off-beat analysis.Save ProgressAdd to PresentationTo complete this template, you must click the “Add to Presentation” button.If the button cannot be clicked, make sure you have responded to all the prompts.

Slide 5: Explain the Benefit of Studying the Humanities

In this slide, briefly explain to your audience why studying the humanities is important to people’s lives. Describe how the humanities can give you a personal and professional advantage. In your speaking notes for slide 5, explain in more detail how people can benefit from studying the humanities personally and professionally.

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In this space, draft speaking notes for your studying the humanities slide. Share more details with your audience about the benefits of studying the humanities and how studying the humanities can give you both a personal and professional advantage.Sample text: Having a better understanding of what I think and a broader awareness of alternate perspectives is extremely helpful in understanding any human experience. Whether thinking through what marriage is like or what our social perspective should be on a controversial issue, reading thoughtful stories from our own and other cultures provides more depth and breadth, enabling a more informed and considered perspective to anyone who will devote the time. Studying the humanities for themes like patriotism can give us a greater sense of the struggles and victories we all face, and that we are all human. This can in turn benefit us personally and professionally. For instance, I have two friends who are exchange students from South Korea, and reading novels that they have read like Your Republic is Calling You by Young-ha Kim helps me develop a greater understanding of their culture and a sense of what patriotism means to them. And as a professional example, understanding how positive group identity can be created through patriotism might lead a director of an affordable housing community to create programs that foster a positive group identity.Save ProgressAdd to PresentationTo complete this template, you must click the “Add to Presentation” button.If the button cannot be clicked, make sure you have responded to all the prompts.

Slide 6: Explain the Importance of the Humanities to Society

In this slide, explain why the humanities are important to society as a whole. What do the humanities tell us about our own and others’ cultures and experiences? Support your response with specific examples from your exploration document and your own personal and professional experiences. In your speaking notes for slide 6, go into greater depth, and share more about why the humanities is important to societies the world over.

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In this space, draft speaking notes for your humanities and society slide. Share more details with your audience about why the humanities are important to society.Sample text: Struggle is part of being human, but our struggles and other experiences are invisible to others. If we had no access to what others are feeling, thinking, seeing, and how they’re making sense of the world, we’d be profoundly isolated. The most successful people in any field are typically in a community of other remarkably successful people. Study of the humanities can move all of us from relative isolation to living in communication with more people, people with exceptional insight, perspectives, and reflection on the human experience. This sort of group identity and intimate connection with various human experiences and ideals can in turn inspire the best of us both in our personal and professional lives. For example, my relationship with my kids improves by developing traditions in my family that forge a strong family identity. And patriotic zeal can motivate selfless courage in professions that demand great sacrifice, such as those of police officers and soldiers working to serve and protect the nation internally and abroad.Save ProgressAdd to PresentationTo complete this template, you must click the “Add to Presentation” button.If the button cannot be clicked, make sure you have responded to all the prompts.RESPONSE BOARDWhat strategies have you used to cater to the needs of your audience?No response saved yet.Post BACKNEXT https://toolbar.speechstream.net/SpeechStream/3.5.0/images/834229b90ad9dde6afa1760a3ce25550.svg

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