Assignment due tomorrow. Powerpoint presentation with audio on the subject of Pizza. Details and Outline attached.
For this project, you’ll choose a food or drink item, a cuisine, an invention, or an idea, and then research how four geographic concepts are related to and affect your topic. Instead of presenting your research as a traditional paper, you’ll use PowerPoint to create a narrated presentation. Your presentation will be structured like a paper, including a title, introduction to the topic, main body, summary and conclusions, and references. Creative use of properly cited graphics and photos from the Internet relevant to your topic is required.
First, choose a food item, cuisine, invention, or idea that interests you. Some will have more information available about them than others, so it’s worth doing some investigation before you settle on one. If you’re not sure if your desired topic is appropriate, please feel free to ask!
Once you have selected your topic, you will then do research to see how each of the following geographic concepts affects or is related to your topic: 1. Regions 2. Cultural Landscape 3. Diffusion 4. Distance decay. The first two concepts are covered in the first chapter of your textbook. Diffusion is covered in Chapter 8, Section 2 (page 484). Distance decay refers to the fact that influence and interaction between locations decreases as the distance between them increases. As such, it has a significant influence on how things change as they diffuse away from their point of origin. Be sure to address these specific geographic terms and concepts in your work. You don’t need to address them in this order, but you do need to address all of them. You may use “subsets” of these definitions (e.g. contagious diffusion) if such subsets exist. Be sure to refer to your text and other reliable resources to ensure you completely understand these concepts. You should be detailed in your treatment of these concepts – for instance, you should explain both how and why your choice varies by region, and how and why it has been affected by distance decay. Remember that geography, as an academic discipline, seeks to explain why things vary from place to place, not just describe how they do.
You will complete this project in 3 separate assignments: an annotated bibliography, an outline, and your final presentation. In this assignment, you will complete your presentation. Completing the project in separate assignments allows you to work your way up to the final presentation, and provides opportunity for feedback along the way.
Assignment Objective: Develop an audio-narrated PowerPoint presentation based on the research you have conducted about your chosen topic. All APUS students have access to PowerPoint and the rest of Microsoft Office (for Windows or MacOS) through the Resource Center link on the left.
Assignment Instructions: Using the course project steps completed to date, you will develop your presentation based on the work you submitted for Assignments 1 and 2 as well as the feedback you were given.
To prepare for this assignment, I recommend that you do the following:
· Read these directions carefully.
· Review the grading rubric below. The grading rubric is a detailed evaluation that I will use to assess your performance. It also will help you understand what is expected of you as you prepare your assignment.
· Message me with any questions!
· Your presentation will be submitted as an audio-narrated PowerPoint. For instructions on how to create audio narration in PowerPoint, see the following link:
Record a Slide Show With Narration
. Audio narration is a requirement!
· There must be a visual element (e.g., photos, videos, graphs, figures). Since this is a geography class, you must include at least 2 relevant maps in your presentation.
· Your presentation must contain approximately 10-15 slides (excluding references) and run approximately 5-10 minutes.
· Please note that less than 10% of your presentation should be direct quotes.
· Proper use and pronunciation of geographic terminology are required.
· Be sure to properly cite your work, both internal to the presentation as well as within the reference slide (this includes photos, graphs, figures, videos, etc.).
· All references listed on the reference slide should be cited internally within the presentation, and vice versa.
The required elements: Your presentation should contain the following elements in the order listed below. Specific content for each section is detailed in Assignment 2: The Outline.
In addition, I expect that any feedback provided to you from Assignment 1: Annotated Bibliography and Assignment 2: The Outline be incorporated into this assignment. Please go back and review those comments.
1. Introduction – this section must contain your topic, why you chose your topic, and preview where your topic developed and diffused to.
2. Body (Content) – this section must contain examine how your topic relates to four geographic concepts: regions, cultural landscapes, diffusion and distance decay
3. Conclusion Slide – this section must contain four to six points that sum up the main topics of the presentation.
4. Reference Slide (and Internal Citations) – this section must contain the following:
1. Internal citations – This is not just a separate section; rather, referencing should occur throughout the presentation via parenthetical citations anytime you paraphrase, make direct quotes, or use visual components from other sources. Please be sure to cite any language, images, videos, etc. in the presentation that should be cited.
2. Reference Slide – Your paper should also have a final reference slide listing at least 5 credible sources researched for your presentation.
3. Do not include your summary/evaluation from Assignment 1: Annotated Bibliography; simply list the references utilized in your presentation in APA format on the reference slide.
The required elements: Your outline should contain the following elements in this order:
The Introduction: This section previews your topic and the details you will cover in the body of your presentation. It should be very brief, but include:
A. The food, cuisine, invention or idea that you are going to discuss. – Pizza
B. Why you chose this topic. – Favorite food, interest in origin, interest in others’ preferences of dish,
C. A preview of the regions where your topic has developed and then diffused to. – Believed to be birthed in Southern Europe, radically modified in the Canadian Shield, diffused to just about every region in the world.
II. The Body (Content Sections): In the body, you must address how the four geographic concepts mentioned in the presentation instructions (regions, cultural landscapes, diffusion, and distance decay) relate to your topic.
A. Regions: Discuss the origin region or regions of your topic, with specific attention to the geographic qualities of the region that influenced the development of your topic. The origin is said to have come as a request from royalty in the Southern Europe region of Europe; specifically in the Italian Province of Naples. Italy’s herbs, spices, and regional ingredients revolutionized the dish we know today as Pizza.
B. Cultural Landscape: Discuss how the landscape in the region(s) described above has been shaped by the culture that gave rise to your topic, and how your topic might be reflected in that landscape. – No coincidence that the main ingredients of pizza share the same color of the Italian flag. The architects of pizza in Napoli were also the first to authenticate pizza’s round shape.
C. Diffusion: Discuss how your topic has diffused from its origin. Where has it diffused to? What factors led to its diffusion there? What kind of diffusion has it experienced? – Pizza was diffused to most of the regions of Europe as Italians migrated to Spain, France, and England. It’s diffusion to the U.S. however, is a result of our Soldiers eating this dish while abroad.
D. Distance Decay: Discuss how your topic has changed as it has diffused away from the region(s) of its origin. Explain these changes with reference to the geographic qualities of the regions it has diffused to. – Distance Decay can be viewed as ambiguous when regarding pizza because this very aspect is what makes pizza great. Yes, the original blueprint for the creation of pizza has changed since the diffusion of the dish. Canada added pineapples, Mexico added jalapenos, and Asia added crab sticks.
III. The Conclusion Section: this section should contain four to six points that sum up the main points from the body of the outline.
A. Start your conclusion with one sentence summarizing some basic information about your topic. – Pizza is a universally loved dish that became one of Italy’s most prominent and patent foods.
B. Continue with a brief summary (1-2 sentences) about the important characteristics of its origin region(s). – Although the aesthetic of its creation cannot be pinpointed, Southern Europe (specifically Italy) is given credit for pizza’s emergence.
C. Include a brief note about relevant cultural landscapes. – Southern Italy’s climate lead to the flourishing and organic vegetable gardens that transcended the commodity we know as pizza.
D. Include a brief summary (1-2 sentences) about the diffusion of your topic and the distance decay it experienced. Diffusion isn’t very active with pizza today due to its rapid widespread over the last century. Distance decay, however, is an aspect that is still affecting Pizza 100 years later.
E. Wrap up the conclusion section with a closing note that provides brief information about why this topic was of interest to you, and a fact about your topic you found interesting.
IV. Reference section: This is not just the reference page; rather, referencing should occur throughout the outline as it will in your presentation. Therefore, your outline should include both a separate reference page containing a minimum of five sources listed in proper APA reference list format AND internal citations throughout the outline where appropriate. Please be sure to see the resources below for assistance regarding in-text citations and reference list formatting, and/or ask me if you have any additional questions.
Bellis, M. (2020, January 9). Ordering Pizza for Dinner? Thank This Guy. Retrieved February 3, 2020, from http://inventors.about.com/od/foodrelatedinventions/a/pizza.htm
Fantozzi, J. (2017, November 3). Pizza styles around the world. Retrieved February 3, 2020, from https://www.insider.com/pizza-styles-around-the-world-2017-11
Gajanan, M. (2017, June 11). Pizza: The Man Who Invented Hawaiian Pies Died. Retrieved February 8, 2020, from https://time.com/4814056/hawaiian-pizza-pineapple-sam-panopoulos-death/
Ide, E. (2017, December 7). What makes Neapolitan pizza one of the world’s cultural treasures? Retrieved February 3, 2020, from https://www.thelocal.it/20171207/history-of-neapolitan-pizza-naples-italy
Turim, G. (2012, July 27). A Slice of History: Pizza Through the Ages. Retrieved February 3, 2020, from http://www.history.com/news/hungry-history/a-slice-of-history-pizza-through-the-ages