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Matrix Presentation (10%, 10 points)

At the end of the semester, you will prepare and present a 5-10 minute presentation to your peers. Presentations will accompany a Powerpoint slideshow consisting of between one and twenty slides. Individual slides may not include more than five words. Slides should include carefully selected, carefully sized images (i.e., these are visually intensive presentations, not text heavy slide-documents). As you present, you may use index cards; however, you are strongly encouraged to present extemporaneously, working informally from memory rather than reading from a script. You are welcome to prepare this as an Ignite presentation (20 slides set to rotate automatically after 15 seconds). To become more familiar with the Ignite genre, watch a few of the presentations at the O'Reilly site or Ignite Ann Arbor. A handful of additional Ignites from a recent CCCC roundtable are available at

Your presentation should focus on insights, connections, and discoveries generated through your preparation of the matrix project.

Submit your slidedeck to EMU Online no later than 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 6. All presentations will take place on Monday, December 7.

Evaluation Criteria

The matrix presentation is valued at 10 points (10% of your overall grade in the course). It will be evaluated according to the following three criteria:

  1. Delivery: (eye contact, engagement with audience, presence, command of material, timing)
  2. Slideshow: (image-intensivity, technical precision)
  3. Focused on insights, connections, and discoveries related to the matrix project and appropriate to the scope of the presentation.

Each criterion listed above will be evaluated on the following scale:


EX: Exceptional. The rhetor has applied the criterion with distinction.
AC: Acceptable/meets expectations. The rhetor has applied the criterion to a satisfactory degree.
NI: Needs improvement. The rhetor has minimally applied the criterion in the project.
NA: Not applied. The rhetor has not applied the criterion in the project.

Contact Information

Derek N. Mueller, PhD
Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing
Director of Composition
Department of English
Virginia Tech
Office: 315 Shanks Hall
Spring 2019 Office Hours: T, 12-3
Phone: +1-734-985-0485

"[I]n order to constitute the space of a habitable house and a home, you also need an opening, a door and windows, you have to give up a passage to the outside world [l'etranger]. There is no house or interior without a door or windows. The monad of home has to be hospitable in order to be ipse, itself at home, habitable at-home in the relation of the self to itself. But what has always been structured like this is nowadays multiplying both the home and the accessibility of home in proportions and modalities that are absolutely unprecedented" (61). Jacques Derrida, Of Hospitality

"I've said before that every craftsman searches for what's not there to practice his (sic) craft. A builder looks for the rotten hole where the roof caved in. A water-carrier picks the empty pot. A carpenter stops at the house with no door" (4). Rumi qtd. in Lynda Barry, Syllabus

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