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Your Guide to Rockin' Research Presentations
Your Guide to Rockin' Research Presentations
Your Guide to Rockin' Research Presentations
Your Guide to Rockin' Research Presentations
Your Guide to Rockin' Research Presentations
Your Guide to Rockin' Research Presentations
Your Guide to Rockin' Research Presentations
Your Guide to Rockin' Research Presentations
Your Guide to Rockin' Research Presentations
Your Guide to Rockin' Research Presentations
Your Guide to Rockin' Research Presentations
Your Guide to Rockin' Research Presentations
Your Guide to Rockin' Research Presentations
Your Guide to Rockin' Research Presentations
Your Guide to Rockin' Research Presentations
Your Guide to Rockin' Research Presentations
Your Guide to Rockin' Research Presentations
Your Guide to Rockin' Research Presentations
Your Guide to Rockin' Research Presentations
Your Guide to Rockin' Research Presentations
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  1. Your Guide to Rockin’ Research Presentations
  2. Step 1: What’s the point? <ul><li>Think about what you want people to learn from your research. </li></ul><ul><li>What’s the big idea? </li></ul><ul><li>Why should people know or care about this topic? </li></ul>Why is this important to know?
  3. Let’s try it! <ul><li>Take a topic we’re all familiar with, </li></ul><ul><li>Topic: Deepwater Horizon Spill </li></ul><ul><li>Why should people care about this? </li></ul><ul><li>It is the biggest oil spill in the history of the United States. Efforts to stop spill have been unsuccessful to date. Effects unknown. </li></ul><ul><li>Great! Now we can create a thesis </li></ul>
  4. What’s a thesis? <ul><li>A thesis is usually a sentence in your introduction that presents your argument to your audience. </li></ul><ul><li>The rest of your presentation/paper gathers and organizes evidence that will persuade your audience to see your point. </li></ul><ul><li>A thesis statement that has many purposes: </li></ul><ul><li>It tells the reader what you think the most important idea about your topic is. </li></ul><ul><li>It lets your audience know what to expect and where you’re going. </li></ul><ul><li>It makes a claim that others may dispute. </li></ul><ul><li>It directly answers a question that was asked of you. (Like what’s so important about your topic?) </li></ul>
  5. Write your thesis <ul><li>Look at the ideas we came up with for why </li></ul><ul><li>our topic is important: </li></ul><ul><li>It is the biggest spill in U.S. history. It has not been stopped. Effects are unknown. </li></ul><ul><li>Now write a sentence that will convince others that your ideas are important: </li></ul><ul><li>Unless something is done to stop and clean up this spill, it’s effects will be felt around the globe for a long time to come. </li></ul>
  6. Step 2: Introduce it! <ul><li>Give your readers some background: This will help them understand more complex, related ideas that you will present later in your presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Answer the basic questions! </li></ul>Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?
  7. What happened? <ul><li>An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig caused a massive oil spill. </li></ul>
  8. Where did it happen? <ul><li>The Deepwater Horizon rig is located 50 miles off the southeastern coast of Louisiana, in the Gulf of Mexico </li></ul><ul><li>Visual connection: refer to map </li></ul>
  9. When did it happen? <ul><li>The explosion that caused the spill happened on April 20, 2010. It is now day 43 of the spill. </li></ul>
  10. How did it happen? <ul><li>The blowout preventer, which was supposed to seal off the flow of oil in the event of an explosion or any other damage to the pipe, failed. </li></ul><ul><li>Visual connection – diagram of an oil rig and how it works. </li></ul>
  11. Who or what is affected? This environmental disaster is having major effects on the fishing and shipping industries, tourism, habitats of birds and sea creatures and much more. British Petroleum, the company who leased the rig, is being held responsible for cleaning up this catastrophe.
  12. Why is it a big deal? <ul><li>It may take a long time to control the spill. In the meantime, entire ecosystems are disrupted; fish, plants and animals are dying; the oil is spreading; the fishing/seafood industry in that region is devastated; people are losing their livelihoods, and a precious natural resource is wasted. </li></ul><ul><li>This spill has surpassed the magnitude of the Exxon Valdez spill of 1989, which up until now was the biggest spill in the history of the United States. </li></ul><ul><li>The Exxon Valdez spill dumped 10 million gallons off the coast of Alaska. Estimates suggest at least 30 million gallons have dumped into the Gulf of Mexico so far. </li></ul>
  13. Step 3: Put it all together! <ul><li>An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig caused a massive oil spill. </li></ul><ul><li>This environmental disaster is having major effects on the fishing and shipping industries, tourism, habitats of birds and sea creatures and much more. British Petroleum, the company who leased the rig, is being held responsible for cleaning up this catastrophe. </li></ul><ul><li>The blowout preventer, which was supposed to seal off the flow of oil in the event of an explosion or any other damage to the pipe, failed. </li></ul><ul><li>The Deepwater Horizon rig is located 50 miles off the southeastern coast of Louisiana, in the Gulf of Mexico. </li></ul><ul><li>The explosion that caused the spill happened on April 20, 2010. It is now day 43 of the spill. </li></ul><ul><li>This spill is the largest in U.S. history, surpassing the magnitude of the Exxon Valdez spill of 1989, which up until now was the biggest spill in the history of the United States at 10 million gallons. Recent estimates put the Deepwater Horizon spill at over 30 million gallons, three times as large as the Exxon Valdez! And it’s still flowing! </li></ul><ul><li>Hmm…something doesn’t seem quite right. Can you rearrange and combine these statements so they flow more logically? Let’s take a break and try it! </li></ul>
  14. Step 4: Make it clear! <ul><li> (When, what, where) On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig off the coast of Louisiana caused a massive oil spill. (How) The explosion caused the blowout preventer, which was supposed to seal off the flow of oil in the event of an explosion or any other damage to the pipe, to fail. (Why it’s a big deal). This spill is now the largest in US history, surpassing the magnitude of the Exxon Valdez spill of 1989, which was previously the biggest spill in the history of the United States. Recent estimates put the Deepwater Horizon spill at over 30 million gallons, three times as large as the Exxon Valdez! And it’s still flowing! (Who/what it affects) This environmental disaster is having major effects on the fishing and shipping industries, tourism, habitats of birds and sea creatures and much more. </li></ul><ul><li>Now that’s good BACKGROUND ! </li></ul>
  15. Next Steps: <ul><li>Put your thesis together with your background information: </li></ul><ul><li>On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig off the coast of Louisiana caused a massive oil spill. The explosion caused the blowout preventer, which was supposed to seal off the flow of oil in the event of an explosion or any other damage to the pipe, to fail. This spill is now the largest in US history, surpassing the magnitude of the Exxon Valdez spill of 1989, which was previously the biggest spill in the history of the United States. Recent estimates put the Deepwater Horizon spill at over 30 million gallons, three times as large as the Exxon Valdez! And it’s still flowing! Unless something is done to contain and clean up this spill, it’s effects will be felt around the globe. </li></ul>
  16. Step 6: Outline it! <ul><li>Great introduction! Now it’s time to organize the rest of your detailed facts and information. </li></ul><ul><li>THINK! What should people know more about? Go back to your thesis and provide information that supports your ideas. </li></ul>
  17. Outline <ul><li>Main idea: The spill is affecting the ecosystem in the Gulf </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Detail: Sea birds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Detail: Fish </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Detail: Plants </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Main idea: The spill is affecting the economy in the Gulf </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Detail: Fishing industry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Detail: Shipping industry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Detail: Tourism </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Main idea: Something needs to be done to stop the spill and clean it up! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Detail: Attempts to stop spill/interventions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Detail: Cleanup efforts on land and at sea </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Detail: What you can do </li></ul></ul>
  18. Step 7: Last but not least <ul><li>Write a killer conclusion! </li></ul><ul><li>A conclusion sums up what was learned from listening to your presentation or reading your paper. </li></ul><ul><li>It is the “So now you know…” part of your presentation. </li></ul><ul><li>It always refers back to your thesis and main ideas. </li></ul>
  19. In Conclusion… <ul><li>Unless something is done to stop the flow of oil into the Gulf and clean up the oil that’s on the surface of the ocean, under the water and on the land, our economy and the delicate ecosystems of the Gulf will continue to suffer as a result. We can’t afford to let this continue. Take action, get involved and do your part! Help others understand the importance of preserving this beautiful land and ensuring a good life for generations to come. </li></ul>
  20. Congratulations! <ul><li>Now you know what it takes to create a rockin’ research presentation, so it’s time to… </li></ul><ul><li>CREATE YOUR OWN!!! </li></ul>

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