Sentence Outlines & Presentations
Each student must prepare a take-home message and topic-sentence
outline; copy to be turned in just before the
- Topic-Sentence Outline
- For short presentation, the topic- sentence outline fits on
one page. (12 point type, 12 point between topic sentence)
- The topic-sentence is an explicit statment of viewgraph's message.
- Under each is set of buttressing details to support message.
- A few paragraphs that lay out the arguement. Each might
start with topic sentence followed by sentences summarizes the
- Aim is develop ability to both give clear talk and clear
summary on the same topic.
Two examples illustrate ways of achieving these two example.
This example contain a Take-Home Message (THM) of the paper followed
by a set of topic sentences laying out the specfics of the argument of
the take-home message. Each topic sentence would start the paragraph
in paper or would be title of a slide in talk.
The best paper title capture
the nub of the take-home message. (See examples in Good Titles.)
Suggestions regarding the preparation for your outline:
- Read the articles through fairly quickly to get a general idea of what
the topic is about. Do not try to make your outline at this time. If
there are unfamiliar words, you may wish to stop to look them up in a
dictionary or a textbook.
- Look at your part of the topic and keep this in mind as you read the
articles again, this time more slowly. As you read, jot down in
sequence the facts and ideas that seem most important to you. This
series of statements will become your outline. When you have outlined
the articles, you should then add information you have obtained from
other sources on the subject. You should then add any ideas, questions
or conclusions of your own.
For two presenatioin, you will work in groups of three. Each group will
be allowed approximately 21 minutes for the presentation, with
whatever time thereafter for class discussion that the topic seems to
warrant. Your presentation will be cut off at 24 minutes to allow
the next group to begin. The third presentation will be solo; 10
minutesplus three for questions.
Turn final sentence outline in before you (solo) and your team makes
the presentation. Submit your viewgraphs after the talk(s) by hard-copy
- There will not be time to cover the entire subject. In your
presentation, you should cover only the facts, ideas and conclusions
or controversial matters which seem most important to you.
- Have a clear message that you can describe in a sentence or
two. ``I'm going to talk about ... '' is not a message, but a topic.
``Reprocessing nuclear waste would substatially reduce our nuclear
waste problem because it results in byproducts with shorter
halflives and is therefore worth the increased security risk'' is
- Have a few examples which explain or defend your message.
Use the examples to make your messsage clear to your audience.
Do not have a long list of examples which you do not cover or
explain the connection to your message.
- Practice, practice, practice. Know how long your
presentation will take.
- Do not read from your outline or use your outline as a
- You may wish to have something in your hand or a transparency
to remind you of the main subjects about which you wish to talk.
If you use transparencies use at least 18 point text. Each
transparency should have a title; charts and graphs should be
labelled. The point of the transparency should be clearly
written on the transparency so that the audience can read as
well as hear what you are saying. Remember not to block the
audience view of the screen!
- Speak slowly and clearly, as you would to a group of
intelligent people who know less about the subject than you do.
(You will have prepared much more carefully than they have.) The
measure of your success will not be how much you have said,
but how much your audience has understood, remembers, and finds
interesting. In case of doubt, give less information and
spend more time trying to make what you do give clearer.
- Your outline and presentation will be graded on the
- + Scientific content
- + Organization
- + Clarity of expression
- + Discussion/development of ideas in articles.
- + Audience engagement
It is very important you appear
on the scheduled date of your presentation.
In the case of team presentations, you will let down your team members.
There will be NO opportunity to make up a missed presentation.
Your comments and
suggestions are appreciated.
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Sentence Outlines & Presentations
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