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Senior Presentation Grading Criteria

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To receive a C on your presentation you must meet the following standards:

  1. The presentation must be original.
  2. The presentation must be appropriate for the assignment.
  3. The topic must be sufficiently focused and adapted appropriately for the audience.
  4. The presentation must fit the time requirements of the assignment (8-10 minutes).
  5. Main ideas must be supported with facts and figures, testimony, examples, or narratives.
  6. The presentation must have a clear sense of purpose.
  7. The presentation must have a clearly identifiable and appropriate design, complete with an introduction and conclusion.
  8. The presentation must be presented extemporaneously.

To receive a B on your presentation you must meet the following standards:

  1. Satisfy all requirements for a C presentation.
  2. Reflect a greater depth of research (at least 3 cited sources).
  3. Clearly identify sources of information and ideas.
  4. Create and sustain attention throughout the presentation.
  5. Make effective use of transitions, previews and summaries.
  6. Utilize presentation aids effectively.
  7. Use good oral style.
  8. Present your presentation with poise.

To receive an A on your presentation you must meet the following standards:

  1. Satisfy all requirements for a B presentation.
  2. Demonstrate imagination and creativity in topic selection and development.
  3. Develop and sustain strong bonds of identification among the speaker, audience and topic.
  4. Consistently adapt information and supporting material to the experiential world of your audience.
  5. Reflect an even greater depth of research.
  6. Demonstrate artful use of language.
  7. Make a polished presentation that artfully integrates verbal and nonverbal communication skills.

A D presentation does not meet one or more of the standards for a C presentation or

  1. It is obviously unrehearsed.
  2. It is based entirely on biased information or unsupported opinions.

An F presentation does not meet three or more of the standards of a C presentation, reflects either of the problems associated with a D presentation or

  1. It uses fabricated supporting material.
  2. It deliberately distorts evidence.
  3. It is plagiarized.

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