1. You are speaking to your classmates and friends, not a roomful of strangers.


2. Understand that most people feel a certain amount of apprehension standing and speaking in front of people. If it helps, bring a prop (an unplugged microphone, a map, a flip-chart), or dress in an outfit that symbolizes your discussion (a straw hat, pin-nosed glasses for a librarian, a very-very old person for an ancestor, etc.).


3. Keep in mind that speaking before your classmates is not a penalty, it is one of the college experiences that will prepare you for your future.


4. There is very little that you can do that is wrong!!! If your mind goes blank, just explain to the class that your mind went blank, and ask someone to remind you where you left off. If your voice starts to shake – glance at a friend, and you will receive a reassuring smile.


5. Don’t bring a bunch of notes, it will just make you nervous when you can’t find your place. Bring a display chart, or a handout. It is okay to read an overview of the handout to point out specific items.


6. Use note cards – or use one piece of paper containing a single list of words.


7. Keep in mind that your classmates are not your enemies. They will treat you with respect (because they will expect the same from you in return).


8. Try to avoid looking any person in the eye. Look directly over the tops of their heads. This is an old trick, and works quite well.


9. Know your material – COLD – Tell it to your family, your friends, people on the bus...Have them ask you questions. Answer the questions and tell your story so often that when you tell the class, you know your subject so well – you are “The Expert”.


10. ENJOY!!!   



Please browse the information at the Public Speaking Website (http://www.abacon.com/pubspeak/ ) to help relieve any anxiety you may have with regard to speaking in front of the class.





Hand in Your Journal.  Keep a journal recording your research process (the mistakes, the surprises, the dead-ends, the really bad sites, as well as the really good ones) and hand that in with your annotated list. Show how you followed a particular trail that led to your bibliography.


Include some of the sites you considered, but did not visit. Or, list some sites that you visited, but did not use – and why. How did you locate each site you eventually used in your bibliography (search engine, directory, referred by a friend, classmate, link from another site, word of mouth).  Comment on each site as to its authority (primary, secondary); affiliation (who created/maintains it); currency (how recent is it); purpose (why is this site on the Internet); audience (who was the site written for, who is attracted).




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