Now that you have your focus and questions that you want to address it is time to become a master of that concept your presenting. While your story will be short (3-5 minutes in length) it is important that you learn more than you plan on presenting. Take notes, making sure that you site where you found them, you can handwrite them or use one of many note taking applications out there to keep digital notes. You want to look in more than one place, don’t get all your information from wikipedia! Look at not only facts, but opinions. Look at old and new articles from papers and magazines.
To tell more about a concept you need to make sure that you understand it first. To help focus your presentation you need to research more about the topic. If you are creating a story which is persuasive towards a belief than you need to know both the pros and cons. Find data! Graphs and charts can make compelling visuals!
Find ways in which you can make this project “your own”, think of examples and ways to explain something that isn’t found in your research but a way that you might remember.
Remember that there is more than google and wikipedia to search for information. Look for videos, pictures and things people already have done.
What do I research?
You want to become a MASTER of the content in which you are going to present. Remember that I said it was important to FOCUS your story on a very SPECIFIC topic, this is one of the reasons why that is important! As long as you are specific you can focus that research on a much narrower field and have to actually master less than you might think.
Where do I research?
The internet is always a good place to start your research. Make sure that you know how to research effectively (insert link to how to research on the internet HERE) on the internet first, make sure that you are finding information from reliable sources and that the information that you find you are siting it’s source! There is also the always reliable printed texts like books, magazines, newspapers and encyclopedias that contain much of the information that you seek.