Group project: queer worlds presentation

Throughout the semester, you will working in groups for in-class projects. In the first part of the semester, the groups will be different every day; once we have got to know each other, I will invite you to organize yourselves into groups for the final project.

Click on this link to sign up for a group.

The purpose of the group project is for you to reflect collaboratively on what you will take forward from the course. I want you to share ideas that connect the class readings to your larger worlds. How you want to do that is up to your group.

Broadly, I want you to apply the ideas you have been exploring to a field of your choice––politics, media, culture, everyday life. How has the course brought you to see your world more queerly? How could (and to what extent should) the world be made queerer? What problems might arise in your queerer world?

You will present your collaboration to the class, and I encourage you to use the media available to you. Images, music, video, interpretive dance – I welcome any and all of it. The only restriction is that each group will have no more than 10 minutes for their presentation.

We’ll have some time in class to discuss plans for the group project, and for each group to tell me what their presentation will be like.

Your grade for the group presentation comes partly from the presentation itself (30 points) and partly from your score in a peer evaluation your group will carry out (20 points). We’ll develop the rubrics for these grades together in class.

Don’t know how to start? Here’s a suggested method that your group can use either in person or virtually, over Thanksgiving break!

1. Each person takes a piece of paper and freewrites for 15 minutes, answering the question: “What does QUEER mean to you after this class?”

2. Everyone in the group compares notes. What do the things you have written have in common?

3. Individual freewriting for 15 minutes again: list every way you can imagine that your group’s ideas could be communicated!

4. Compare notes again. Hopefully this should give you a starting point of possibilities that the group can use to create their presentation…

Grading rubric.

Presentations: 30 points.
Learning outcome: reflect on class as a whole and connect readings to students’ larger worlds.
Prof. Lothian will use the following rubric, created by the class, to evaluate presentations:

1. You must make at least three explicit three connections to class material, including at least one reading, either directly in the presentation or on a works cited page. Direct quotes must be properly cited.

2. There must be a focus to the presentation, cohesively connecting each person’s contribution. It has to be one presentation, not one presentation per person.

3. The presentation should meet all the following criteria:
– Concise and organized. If argument-based, it should cover all bases and provide counterargument
– Don’t just summarize: analyze the content you are presenting in a sophisticated way
– Connect topic to real world, on a broad and/or a personal scale
– Show you know what you are talking about: vocabulary from class used correctly
– Respectful of one another: acknowledge similarities and differences

4. Keep to time: 10 minutes +/- 1.5 minutes. Warnings will be provided!

5. Submit a record: this can be either video, visuals, powerpoint, physical object, notecards, but there must be some kind of record. The record must include citations.


Peer evaluation: 20 points
Goal: make sure that collaboration within groups has been meaningful.

Once your presentation is complete, click on this link and fill out the Peer Evaluation Form.

YOU MUST SUBMIT THIS FORM BY 12PM ON THURSDAY DECEMBER 18! You can submit before the final presentation day, if your group has finished all their work on the presentation before then.

For the peer evaluation, your grade out of 20 points will be holistically awarded based on a combination of your thoughtful analysis of the project, your self-evaluation of your work in your group, and your peers’ evaluation of your contribution.

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