Rhetorical Animal Presentation

In groups of 2-3, you will deliver a researched presentation to the class, created with an online presentational software of your choice (prezi, online powerpoint, google slides, etc.), on the rhetorical propensities of a selected species of animal. Your presentation should:

  • take no longer than 6 minutes,
  • make use of embedded images and/or video,
  • cite reputable sources,
  • document those sources through URL links or a Works Cited page,
  • and *wow* the class with fascinating details about this species

You will submit a link to your presentation to me on Canvas, and I’ll share the link with the class.


  1. Once you decide together which animal species to research and present on, discover all you can about this animal’s communication practices, including how (visual, aural, gestural, etc.), why, and when they communicate. Look especially for fascinating details or specific studies.
  2. When you’ve gathered all your material, decide how best to arrange it for presentation to the class. You want your classmates to learn and be moved by the information you’re presenting, so decisions at this point are crucial.
  3. Put together your presentation using the presentation software you’ve chosen, making sure to document your research appropriately (in your presentation and in a works cited page on the last slide).
  4. Select one member of your group to submit a URL link to your presentation to me on Canvas, listing all your names, under the tab for this assignment on the day you’re scheduled to present.

Note: no makeups. If you are not ready to go on the day you are assigned, or if you are unexpectedly absent, you will not be able to make up this assignment.

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