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CRHS_English 10 Holocaust Topic Research_Team: 1. Task Definition

A guide to helpful resources for English 10 students completing Holocaust-related topics during your study of Elie Wiesel's NIGHT.

Understand your Responsibilities


Ask, "What's the task?  What types of information do I need?"

Think about the final product you will need to create, and consider what special requirements you need to follow! 



Click on the link below to see a sample research presentation slideshow.  You will need to log in to your AHApps account to view the file!

Task Details for Your Project

Holocaust Research Presentation Project

Step 1: Select a topic & create research questions

You will be given a topic related to the Holocaust.  Develop one or multiple research questions that you want to answer in your presentation.

Step 2: Research

Once you’ve selected your topic, you will be required to find 3-4 reliable and credible sources discussing your topic to use for your presentation. We will be going over how to find effective research when we are in the library. The book Night will be used in your presentation, but it does not count as one of your 3-4 credible sources.

Step 3: Create your presentation visual

After you have developed a firm understanding of your topic, you will begin creating your visual. You should work to create a slideshow presentation, preferably through Google Docs. Budget your time appropriately. There will be limited lab time in class, so if you don’t have reliable access to a computer outside of class, you need to discuss with me presentation alternatives. Your presentation should include the following:

  • Slide 1: Title slide with name, topic, hour, and graphic
  • Slide 2:  Attention Getter -Why is this topic important to our class?  Why should we be listening?
  • Slide 3: Background = Topic description and definition
  • Slide 4: A short explanation of how your topic relates to Night
  • Slides 5-7: 9-12 bullets describing and explaining your topic
  • Slide 8:  Closing Slide - Powerful Ending/Call to Action
  • Slide 9: References

Note: You will need to include at least three pictures in your presentation with their URLs above or below them.

Step 4: Presentation

After you’ve created your presentation visual, you will deliver a 3-5 minute presentation on your topic. During this time, you will discuss what you learned about your topic and how your topic relates to Night. You will deliver this presentation with the aid of your presentation visual and any notecards you would like to use. This must be planned out and rehearsed so you are not reading directly off the slide.

4 = A

3 = B

2 = C

1 = D/F

Eye Contact

Speaker rarely looks at the PPT accept when gesturing to a picture or bullet point

Speaker looks at the audience during the majority of the speech.

Speaker sometimes looks at the audience.

Speaker reads off entirely from PPT.

Volume/ Inflection/ Pace

Speaker can be heard clearly and uses volume, pacing, and inflection to keep the audience engaged.

Speaker can be heard most of the time and sometimes uses inflection to keep audience engaged.  May speed up or slow down too much.

Speaker struggles to be heard and rarely changes inflection. Speaker may talk too fast or too slow at times without a purpose.

Speaker cannot be heard or rarely can be heard.  Speaker may race through speech or may drag out speech as if he/she has forgotten it.

Posture/ Gestures

Speaker uses gestures/position to enhance the speech and looks relaxed and professional.

Speaker occasionally uses gestures/position to enhance speech and looks somewhat relaxed and professional.

Speaker may occasionally fidget, sway, or make movement that is distracting to the speech.

Speaker’s movements and posture are extremely distracting during the speech.