AGRI 183 Communication Methods Lecture Ten Outline, Tuesday, 31 October Halloween 2006

Hand back Reflection Paper folders and Graded Outside Critiques.


Speak Off: Best Presentation from each lab will be presented in lecture.  Winner gets 100% on the Final Exam.  After we finish Choice speeches you will be electing one or two candidates to compete in the speak-off.  Candidates who do not win get +10% bonus points on the final exam.


Be sure you know your Speech date and lab role assignment, these have been updated!


Formal Class Introductions (until 8:30).  Don't End with "That's about it", no hats, no gum, hands out of pockets. 

Group Critical Analysis Teams

Be part of a team that gives a group critical analysis presentation of a political or current event (10%) .   You will be assigned to a small group during the semester to prepare a 12 - 15 minute critical analysis symposium presentation scheduled for the last few labs of the semester.

Your group needs to select a controversial political or current event topic that everyone in your group is interested in.  Find a minimum of two articles (in journals, newspaper, magazines, books, or the web) that take opposite viewpoints and use the Guidelines for a Critical Analysis of an Article to orally critique each article in your presentation.  Discuss the conclusions your group can make about your chosen topic as a result of this analysis.

Your grade will be determined by the depth and coherence of critical analysis of each article, the quality of the group presentation, the support and interaction among group members, as well as your personal participation in the group project as rated by your peers.  Click here for the checklist for group critical analysis presentation grading requirements.

Each team member bears personal responsibility for group participation.   It is your responsibility to make group meetings and fully participate in the group project.

Teams meet and exchange contact information: email addresses, phone numbers, apartment/room address, decide on a meeting date and time, AND decide on a controversial topic and which team members will perform which roles.  (Until 8:45)

Beck Weathers's speech about the disastrous 1996 Everest Expedition: Part 1 (Until 9:15)