Presentation & Delivery: Topic Introductions

In-depth rubric explanations, examples, and video exemplars.


The introduction establishes the topic of the presentation.

Presentation and Delivery

Higher Quality Rating (3 points)

Written Example: Presenters clearly state the topic within the first quarter of the presentation. “Today we are going to be discussing the issue of police brutality in Harlem.” Or, “Our group has decided to focus on food deserts, specifically the effects of limited fresh food sources on the health of youth in our community.”

Lower Quality Rating (1 point)

Written Example: The audience is unclear what the topic is at the onset of the presentation. Students may jump right into data collection, data, or findings around a particular issue but never state the specific topic. Alternatively, so many topics may be introduced that the presentation becomes confusing.

Video Example: One member of the team opened the presentation with a brief explanation of the topic: limited access to healthy foods and the consequences of this for the students’ community

Video Example: Presenter introduces his organization, and states that the audience has experienced the same educational barriers as the presenters, however he fails to articulate the specific topic.