Step 6: Presenting the Essay
My presentation went very well. I felt confident when people asked me questions, and I was excited to have an audience to show my research. I based my poster off of primary text documents, highlighting examples in them that support my thesis. Essentially, I created a visual outline of my paper.
My speech went well. I tried to condense the main arguments of my essay into ten minutes, which proved to be a challenge. But the audience was able to follow my argument, and that was the most important thing. The whole process has been a good indicator of what it will be like to write my senior history thesis a few semesters from now. I think also it’s important to let us show off a little bit. We’ve been working on these essays for quite a while and should be able to share the fruits of our labors.
I prepared for the presentation by cutting down my essay into its main arguments, streamlining it thoroughly until I was left with my best, most convincing points. I then modified the text so that it would succeed as an oral presentation.