English 4U1—Assignment Description
Hamlet Oral Media Presentation: Literary Seminar Assignment
Task Description: Working in groups of three, students are asked to prepare a literary
seminar based on one of the topics below (one per group). A literary seminar is similar to a
literary essay, except that it is offered through a verbal discussion rather than the written
word. Like the literary essay, a literary seminar has a thesis, and it must be proven
throughout the seminar.
• please post your thesis statement so that it is visible throughout the entire
presentation (do not just write it on the chalkboard)
• demonstrate connections between Hamlet and the secondary drama in the context
of your topic
• create a poster-sized media piece to support your presentation. Please ensure that
your piece is an effective visual aid (i.e., it can be seen at the back of the class) and
that at least 70% of it is generated by hand.
• give a handout that outlines your seminar to each member of the class
• ensure there is some form of interaction with the class (generate a discussion, ask
questions, take a poll, etc.)
• plan and rehearse your presentation so that it is between 10 - 15 minutes in length,
• ensure that each person in the group has his or her own seminar notes (to be
submitted to the teacher and to turnitin.com)
Evaluation: Please see attached rubric.
Presentation Dates: __________________________________ Academic Rubric for Literary Seminar
Criteria: Below Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Level 1 (50%- 59%) (60% - 69%) (70% - 79%) (80% - 100%)
Ideas No or very few Few ideas connections Some connections Good connections Excellent connections
connections offered offered offered offered
Little evidence offered to
Evidence No or very little support ideas Some evidence offered Fairly strong evidence Strong evidence offered
evidence offered to to support ideas offered to support to support ideas
support ideas Demonstrates limited ideas
understanding of Demonstrates some Demonstrates very good
Understanding of Demonstrates no or very task/information understanding of Demonstrates to excellent
limited understanding of task/information competent understanding of
task/information understanding of task/information
Creative and critical Demonstrates creative Demonstrates creative The candidate uses The candidate uses The candidate uses
thinking skills and critical thinking and critical thinking creative thinking with creative thinking with creative thinking with
skills with no or limited skills with limited some effectiveness. considerable thorough effectiveness.
effectiveness. effectiveness. effectiveness.
Opening has no 1Opening lacks clarity; 1Opening introduces 1Opening is engaging 1Opening is engaging,