Unit 2 Group Presentation

Group Project

As a group, your job is to introduce the class to your source and to suggest some connections between the source and Just Mercy. You’ll have ten to fifteen minutes, and everyone in the group has to speak at least once.


  1. Introduce your source: Give us the basic rundown of the who, what, where, when, why: Who is the author/producer? Who, as far as you can tell, has been the audience? Where and when did this material appear for the first time? Why was this material produced? What has its reception been like? You’ll want to do a little outside research and to compile a list of the other sources your group consulted.
  2. Summarize the source: What is its main goal and focus? Select a brief passage, image, or clip to give your classmates a sense of the text.
  3. Connect the source to Just Mercy: Choose a very specific section of Just Mercy to connect with your reading—how has the source changed your reading of Just Mercy? Why might it be important to look at these two materials together? What do they offer each other?
  4. Raise some questions: given the source you’re introducing us to, and your reading of Just Mercy, what are some important questions we should discuss? You might choose to have your classmates respond to a small selection of text or you could begin a debate about a larger topic.

 You will have two class periods to work on this project, but your group may choose to meet or converse outside of those times, as well. During Monday’s meeting, you should set specific homework assignments for each group member (delegate as you see fit). You can be as creative as you’d like with this assignment; if you want to develop a power point or other visual aid, you’re welcome to do so.

Group Dynamics

It’s essential that every person in your group be involved in the preparation for and delivery of your presentation. Your group can choose to delegate work however you’d like as long as the division of tasks is fair. At your first meeting, consider discussing your strengths and weaknesses to decide what each person’s most effective contribution might be. You could also assign roles based on group member’s preferences and abilities. Some roles might include the following: Secretary (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: this person would be responsible for taking careful notes during meetings and/or emailing me to update me on group progress); Just Mercy consultant; source consultant; group spokesperson; researcher; discussion facilitator, etc.—come up with whatever tasks/roles will best help you accomplish your presentation!

Group Schedule

Friday, Oct. 7th: Groups receive presentation schedule and source assignment. Each member should spend the weekend reading/listening to the source and writing a brief blog summary by midnight on Sunday, Oct. 9th.

Monday, Oct. 10th: First official group meeting. Groups should, at the bare minimum, compare notes on the source, decide how to connect the source to Just Mercy, delegate tasks, and set homework. Groups will begin meeting with me in my office. The group secretary should email me (kmlogan@vcu.edu) at the end of the meeting with each group member’s homework assignment and a basic summary of what you discussed. NOTE: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. sections will meet in the Focused Inquiry Learning Lounge (FILL) on the 5th Floor of Harris both Monday and Wednesday this week.

Wednesday, October 12th: Second official group meeting. Today’s tasks should involve agreeing on important contextual material, selecting specific passages/sections of text to share with the class, and generating some discussion questions. A group secretary should email me at the end of the meeting with a basic summary of what you discussed and any questions the group might have about the presentation—make sure to CC your teammates.

October 14th, 17th, and 19th: Groups present! (See Schedule tab). On the evening following your presentation, your only homework is your group presentation memo. On the evenings of the other two presentation days, your task is a 300 word blog post that reflects on a source, concept, or discussion question one group offered during their presentation (this means you will need to take careful notes during class!). This material will be useful to you when we begin work on Paper 2.

Memo: In addition to the possible 10 points you can receive for the presentation (see the rubric), you’ll earn 2 points for your memo. Remember that memos should be formatted formally; this one should be emailed to me before the class period following your presentation. In the memo, please detail your contributions to the group, inform me of any extenuating circumstances that should impact grades, and reflect on what you learned about the sources or about yourself as a group participant during this process. Memos should be 300-500 words.


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