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Instructions for the
oral1.html and oral2.html file

Be sure to read through the whole instructions two or three times before you start any part of it!!

_____ 0) This report must have the following main heading:

My First Oral Presentation
Note: replace xxx with a fitting sub-title of your own choosing!

(change First to Second in the oral2.html file)

_____ 1)**Explore the generational reports on their oral presentations.  Go to each of these:

Click on the Oral Presentations links (409a or  409b or 459).  Read the student reports on their oral presentation of a Site or chapter.

Note:  If you come across a dead link (a link you click on and you get an error message instead of the file), please email Dr. James giving the name of the file (use copy-pasting) and the name of the dead link.  Thanks!! This will help us keep the Generational Curriculum up to date.  Use this trick as well: when you get a Not Found Page, click in the address window once, then again until deselected, then backspace and delete the file name unitl the first slash you come upon, then hit return. This will take you to the directory.  Look for the file there, perhaps with a slightly different name.  Now go back especially to students who did  the same chapter or site that you presented.  Now start your word processor and answer these questions--you might need to go back to check some of the student reports you read.  

For the Oral Part:

Click on the link next to your name in the oral presentations schedule.  For the book chapter, read that chapter.  Prepare written answers for items (a) to (e) below, and base your oral class presentation on those notes.  Be sure to also take  notes after your oral presentation on the discussion and the questions that students and the instructor have asked (this will be needed for item 3 below).

(a) First, give an overall description of the site.  Describe the content of the Pages when you click on the links available, so you get an overall view of the entire site. Who is it intended for?  Be sure to comment on each part you are describing before you get to the next part.  Don't wait till you've described the whole, and then add your comments.  You must comment after each sub-part.   Similarly, for the book chapter, describe the overall focus and main sections, but you must comment on each before going on to the next.  See (b) for content of your comments.

(b)  Comment on each part or sub-part that you describe:

  1. How do you react?
  2. Do you agree or disagree?  Why?
  3. How does it relate to what you already know or believe?

(c) What did you learn from the site or chapter?  Why is this of interest to you?  Who else would be interested?  Is it believable or authoritative?

(d) Give two or more concepts that you acquired from this site or chapter.  Explain them.  Why do you find them interesting or relvant or important?

(e) Is there anything in our textbook or the generational curriculum that relates to this overall topic?  Please specify how.

For the students who listen to the oral presentations:

First you can prepare for class by clicking on the Site for the oral for each class listed in the oral presentations schedule.   Second, be sure to take notes during the oral presentation.  Specifically, you need to write down at least one question.  After the discussion, please hand your written question to the presentor--please use an entire sheet of paper, not a scrap.   These written questions will be needed for answering  Part 3 below.   (Note:  You may or may not get a chance to ask the question orally, depending on time left.)

Continued for the Written Part:

_____ 2) **Summarize your two presentations, in the order you gave them.  For the book chapter you need to give the full reference (author, title, publisher, date).  For the report or Web site, you need to give the links to the original. One easy and effective way of doing this is do items 2) to 9) for your first presentation, then do the same items 2) to 9) for your second presentation.

_____ 3) **What were the questions asked after your presentation?  And what were your answers (include what you think about it now).

_____ 4) **How did you react to your presentation and to the question and answer period?  What did you observe about yourself and about them and the instructor?

_____ 8) **Take a look at how other students in your class have done this report (oral.html) (when the drafts are posted).  Describe how their oral.html file compares with yours in (a) content, (b) approach, and (c) presentation.

_____ 9) **What are your suggestions for future generations who can study this report and are interested in going further with it? Recommend some directions to take, especially on what instructions to give to future students!

_____ 11) Now type this into the <title> field of your document:

First name, Last name, G11, Course Number, Spring 1999, My Oral Presentation

Take a look at the [title] field in this document: look at the little window above the browser's menu bar, where it says Netscape: and what follows the colon is what you type in the [title] tag or field. Note that it's not the same as the heading which has the [h1] tag. Now view the Source for this page and comapre the [title] field and the [h1] field.

_____ 12) Place a Table of Contents at the top of the document with links to all the tagged sub-titles. See the Table of Contents for your Internet Literacy Exercises then click back here.

_____ Note: Students often forget this item--but it is required: The first item in the Table of Contents MUST be called Instructions for this Report and it must be a live link to this document, whose address is


_____ 13) Be sure you add a Navigation Table and e-mail button at the bottom of the document. To see a Nav Table take a look at the bottom of  this file .

_____ 14) Using your web browser, check your document screen by screen: no screen should be made of just one paragraph (i.e., no paragraph should exceed one screen full--it's too hard to read that way!)

_____ 15) Check the visibility of your text: patterned backgrounds are not allowed. Here is a student who used a background--notice that it's harder to read the text!! Go see then click back here. Darker colors are not allowed either. White bgcolor is always excellent, especially if you vary the font face, color, and size to enhance visibility and emphasis (no blinking text allowed). Remember: your text looks different in different browsers and computers, so you need to experiment and ask others. You may also use graphic enhancers such as color bars, color dots, animated icons. Using the Table tag in html allows easy control over the color of each column and the placement of text on the screen. As an example see how I use the Table tag for the Table of Contents in this file (now on your screen) (view the Source page for it), then click back here.

_____ 16) Check the way your document loads after it contains everything. How long does it take to load? Does text appear on the screen while one waits, or is it blank? Slow loads and blank screens are not allowed, so you must choose graphics that are low in memory size and place them past the first screen!

_____ 18) This is the end of Part 14 and the first part (your first oral presentation)  is due 2 weeks after your oral presentation. But you do not have to fill out the ratings until you post the second file (your second oral2.html).  When the second part is completed, you need to fill out the ratings for Part 14. Go back to Part 14 of the Exercises Instructions to fill out the ratings as soon as you've posted your oral2.html  report.

Reminder:  Be sure you have both oral1.html and oral2.html links in your Navigation Table in every file!!

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