Frederik Green

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Chinese Culture: Art-work/Author Presentation: Interpretation with final Audio Podcast part of State Your Case:Activities
This semester-long oral exercise was designed for my first-year seminar on 20th Century Literature, Film, and Art from Shanghai, but it could be used for any literature and culture class, regardless of level. It was developed after participating in an Oral Communication Workshops that focused on Argumentation Basics. The exercise consists of four parts. The first part consists of a detailed written response or 'opinion piece' about a piece of literature, a movie, or an art work and its secondary literature that every student has to post to the course website once during the semester. This 'opinion piece' has to be the first response for that response session, and the other students have to critically respond it. During the next class session, the student who posted the 'opinion piece' is responsible to act as moderator during the discussion of that piece of literature, movie, or art work and its secondary literature. He/she will present his/her interpretation, but will also have to take into account other students responses. He/she will then lead a general discussion, but in the closing remarks should formulate his/her final interpretation. The student will then prepare a 4-5 minute podcast, in which he/she will present his/her interpretation of his/her piece of literature, movie, or art work to an imagined radio audience. He/she will contextualize the work, but then focus on his/her interpretation and comment on other possible interpretation as provided by his/her fellow students. All finished podcasts will be placed on the course website, and then be evaluated by the entire class in a final class session. For this purpose, students will fill-out rubrics, which have categories for clarity of expression, clarity of argument, originality of argument, originality of presentation, and the overall presentation.