Archive for March 11, 2020

Introducing: Your Sophomore Capstone Presentations!


  • ELAGSE9-10SL4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.
  • ELAGSE9-10SL5 Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.
  • ELAGSE9-10SL2 Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.

Learning Target: I can prepare to present information clearly, concisely, and logically by understanding the Capstone Presentation Rubric so that I can create my social issue presentation.

Opening Session:

Get out your phone! Navigate to in your browser and find your Social Issue essay. Then, go to your StudentVue account and check your essay grade. We’re about to start our third capstone project, the presentation, and it’s about your social issue, so I want everyone to be aware of their grade and to refresh their memories on their topic!

Work Session:

It’s time to talk about your Capstone PRESENTATION!!!! Here’s the technical stuff:

Capstone Presentation!

Your assignment is to deliver a presentation designed to explain your social issue to a panel of judges and call your audience to action. Use the research you completed while writing your Social Issue Research Paper, and use persuasive appeals to engage your audience. Your presentation must meet the following requirements:

  • Approximately 5 minutes in length
  • PowerPoint, Google Slides, or Ignite presentation
    • Your PowerPoint may not contain any words except the title, your name, and your works cited slide.
    • You should bring notecards to help you present.

This presentation will be your final exam grade, meaning it is 20% of your class average.

We want to begin with the end in mind, so let’s go over your rubric now. Then I want to give you all some time to process this project and ask questions if you need to. Here’s the rubric:

World Literature Capstone Presentation Scoring Guide 




*Business or business causal: suit, sport coat, tie, dress, khakis, polo, blouse, etc. Does not include jeans or athletic wear. 

  • Dresses in business or business casual attire*. 
  • Greets all judges. 
  • Speaks in an appropriate tone and volume throughout the presentation. 
  • Delivers presentation within 5 – 7 minutes. 
  • Answers questions with accuracy and confidence. 





  • Begins the presentation with a hook to capture the audience’s attention. 
  • Introduces their cultural identity. 
  • States their first and last name. 




Score X 3 



Social Issue 
  • Gives a brief description of their social issue. 
  • Details why they chose to research this social issue 
  • States how this social issue impacts other cultures or countries. 
  • Cites any data and statistics in MLA format 




Score X 3 





  • States what a teenager has in their power to do in order to combat the social issue. 
  • Identifies barriers to success. 
  • Concludes presentation with a call-to-action. 


Score x 3 


Visual Aid 

(Visual aids include PowerPoint, Google Slides, Prezi, tri-fold board, or similar) 

  • Uses note cards or uses visual aid as a guide (does not read from the visual aid) 
  • Includes minimal text on each slide (no paragraphs of text) 
  • Text size 18  or higher 
  • Background and font colors are easy-to-view 
  • Pictures are clear and easy-to-view 
  • Free of grammar and usage errors. 






(Brochure or Flyer) 

  • Original, student created handout. 
  • Colors and images are easy-to-read 
  • Includes specific and relevant information on social issue. 
  • Includes the call-to-action. 
  • Includes resources to get more information on the topic. (phone number, websites, etc.) 
  • Free of grammar and usage errors. 






  Points Conversion 

41–45  (91-100) 

36-40 (80-89) 

32-35 (79-70) 

27-31 (69-60) 


Total Score 






We’re going to talk our way through this, and then I’ll give you guys some time to ask questions! Tomorrow, I won’t be here, so you’ll be with Ms. Jones and Ms. Hannah to do some revisions to your Social Issue essay so that you know exactly how you’re going to present 🙂

Closing Session:

I’m giving everyone a sticky note! Write your name down and how you’re feeling about the presentation directions and assignment so far!

Assessment: Summative (capstone presentation); formative (check in on presentations)

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding), Choice (choice of topics)