Advanced Exposition: Makeademia
For this assignment, you will create an interactive narrative using Twine (twinery.org). Your narrative can be in any genre: romance, sci-fi, fantasy, western, creative non-fiction biographies, sportscasts, the sky is the limit! Consider inspiration from game books, choose-your-own-adventure, interactive fiction, video games, etc. You are creating multiple possible outcomes letting the reader choose which path to take. Consider making it humorous and making it fun for you to write!
Adventures in Summer A by Wilson Erickson
For this assignment, you will write a complete, detailed, step-by-step instruction manual on how to prototype, design, and 3D print your model. Provide your reader with photos, screenshots, videos, links, alongside your text. Consider using free, open access tools and telling your readers which software/hardware you used.
3D Print a Name Tag for Your Pet by Jamie Alexander [PDF]
What are you a super-fan of? Is it a TV show, movie, sports team, literary author, musical artist, beauty vlogger, Insta-photographer, Twitter bot, toy series, tech company, pastry chef? For this assignment you will design several infographics to explain aspects of your fandom to a public audience. Consider what information might need to be conveyed to a newcomer and what formats of information go well in infographics: timelines, quote collections, character assessments, etc. Canva is recommended by previous students. Consider how you can build your exposition skills in description and classification with this assignment:
There are two options for this assignment:
Option 1- Definition Book
For this assignment, you will write 600 words defining and speculating, what is a book? and what could a book be in the future? Consider the interactive/movable books we saw that are feats of paper engineering as well as the genre of artists books which could tell stories on hexaflexagons, non paper surfaces, etc. It would be great to include movable elements, images, or even paper circuitry into your book when writing about the possibilities as examples to support your claim. Resources for writing definitions:
http://www.reed.edu/writing/paper_help/definition.html https://www.apsu.edu/asc/pdf_files/types_of_essays/definition_essay.pdf https://owl.excelsior.edu/rhetorical-styles/definition-essay/definition-essay-what-does-it-look-like/
Option 2- Make It Your Own!
Do you have a book idea you've just been dying to write about? Consider pushing the boundaries of what we expect from a book. What materials could you use to tell your story? Perhaps a touch-and-feel book like Pat the Bunny? What elements of a book could you include besides title and narrative? Could you have a colophon explaining the materials, an about the author telling a little more about you, a copyright page, a bookmark, or other printed ephemera to go with the book? Could you create book merchandise a la Beatrix Potter (or Harry Potter)?
Compare and Contrast Vlog or Podcast
For this assignment, you will write a 700 word script for a vlog or podcast. You will demonstrate your ability to compare and contrast on a topic about music. You will want to create title images for your video in Canva (or logos for your podcast). Suggested software for making your vlog post: iMovie, Premiere Pro, After Effects. Suggested software for podcast: GarageBand, Audacity. You may want to upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo so it's easier to post. Plan for uploading to take time. Use your access to UF Lynda.com as a resource.
Some suggestions for topics are listed below:
- Compare original song to Arduino version
- Compare analog vs. digital music: explain the differences of creation, audience, and circulation
- Compare two of your favorite genres of music: define genres, provide support of songs, artists, instruments, etc. to support your claims
- Compare music that makes you happy vs. sad/angry: speculate purpose, explain effects of genre and lyrics
- Compare instrumental to lyrical songs: consider situations like meditation, studying, vs dancing and exercise
- Compare free and paid music: could be Spotify, Pandora, Vevo YouTube, Internet Archive, public radio
- Compare music for commercial vs. independent purposes
- Compare live vs recorded performances
- Compare our musical world to possible alternate universe where music doesn't exist
- Compare approaches to music as mathematical vs. expressive/artistic
- Compare listening to music vs composing and performing music
Advanced Argumentative Writing: Making Media Meta
Can you judge a book by its cover? What would a book about your life look like? Introduce yourself to the rest of the class by designing your biography cover. Create a clever title and detailed subtitle, decide on an appropriate font, choose a representative photo or image, and craft a review from someone you admire.
Epic Rap Battle Toulmin Schema Infographic
Design an infographic in Canva using the Toulmin Schema to make your claim, Who Won?
Unpopular Opinion Evaluation Argument
Choose a situation, event, or item and evaluate it, attempting to persuade an audience of a debatable claim of value. Pick an unpopular benign opinion about media that you believe strongly. Your argument should be based on the formula: X is (or is not) a good Y because it meets (or does not meet) criteria A, B, C, etc.
Note well that you need not phrase it this way: the structure above is offered as a guide for your invention process. Your finished project will need to state the central claim clearly but in a way consistent with your purpose in the project itself. Your argument should include the following elements:
- An interesting and significant evaluative claim
- An effective exposition of your claim’s significance and rhetorical context
- At least two well-explained and defended criteria
- An examination of your claim in terms of the stated criteria
- Evidence for every part of the argument, not only for your evaluative claim but also for your criteria selection, particularly if you suspect your audience may not share your ideas about what is most important.
- A consideration of alternative views and counterarguments from the audience most likely to be interested in your claim. Effective structure.
- Proper use, citation, and documentation of source material (i.e., compliance with MLA guidelines for dealing with sources, including a Works Cited list at the end of your essay).
Making Media Meta Argument
For your final project, you will use your chosen medium to make a meta-argument about that medium. To be meta is to be self-referential, to call attention to the medium specificity, what makes that medium’s essence. You want to be able to identify the conventions of the medium and then subvert those expectations in some way. What do we notice about how the medium is typically used and how can we expand our way of thinking about that medium by changing it? Consider all of the design skills that you have learned throughout the semester.
Meta Diary by Rebecca Ellis
Cosplay as High Art by Cody Patton
Writing Through Media: Disney Then and Now
Stop Motion Animation
Your assignment is to create a stop-motion video that tells a story. Keep in mind that the medium is better suited to certain genres: comedy, horror, magic, though subverting the medium's possibilities is also a possibility: what does a stop-motion drama look like? Does it have gravitas?
Stop motion has relations to claymation, Lego minifigures, or whiteboard drawings, but can also be photo-stories, which are especially prominent for illusions/magic tricks. The most important part is that you tell a story from beginning to end that makes the audience emote in some way. Do we cry? Do we laugh? Are we shocked? Are we frightened?
There is no length requirement; only as long as it takes to tell a complete story. It does not need to be an epic quest; think about the stories you tell your friends about your day to air out your frustration or to make them laugh. You will especially want to inquire into short-form stories.
S Cubed by Emily Palacios and Katlyn Crandall
Home by Alexis Le
Rick and Lori by Grant Geregach
For this mini-assignment, you will be making your own comic book starring you. This "you" will be visually stylized and can also be narratively exaggerated or true-to-life. Consider a particularly memorable moment in your life that can be told visually. What makes this memory so powerful? How can you recapture that for your audience? Who is your audience?
Comic books do not have to be funny: some amazing graphic memoirs you may want to check out are Gene Luen Yang's American Born Chinese, Alison Bechdel's Fun Home, John Lewis' March, Marjane Sertrapi's Persepolis, or Art Spiegelman's Maus.
Your comic book should be 16 pages, or 8 sheets of paper stapled down the middle. Consider that your title and front cover should be captivating. You can use digital tools or pens/pencils/markers/paper.
Little Golden Book
There are two options for this assignment:
Option 1- Picturebook Adaptation
For this Little Golden Book, you will adapt one of your favorite stories to a picturebook. You could do a story that you enjoyed as a child, or you could create an interesting juxtaposition of a picturebook for adults (What would a Game of Thrones or Walking Dead Little Golden Book look like?) You can retell a movie, TV series, video game, etc. but it cannot already exist as a Little Golden Book.
Option 2- Expository Picturebook
For this Little Golden Book, you will create a picturebook about a topic you are an expert on and make it accessible for children. This could be your major, a hobby, or a subject you are passionate about. Consider the push for nature and science books Disney and Little Golden Books responded to after Sputnik and consider what a 2017 child audience needs to read.
- Keep the text simple and proofread carefully.
- The text of a children’s book should be organized into simple sentences and short paragraphs.
- The use of active verbs will keep the story vivid in the reader’s mind.
- Children’s book authors employ literary tools to help make the story more vivid in the reader’s mind. Rhythm, alliteration, repetition, refrains, onomatopoeia, simile, personification, rhyme, and imagery are commonly used devices.
- Consider ending each page with a question or other method that sparks the reader’s curiosity for what will happen next.
- Repeating a phrase throughout the story will help hold your reader’s attention.
- Use a question at the end of the page to help move your reader to the next page.
- Language is appropriate for the intended audience, interesting and/or humorous.
- Attention to aesthetics in illustrations/front cover and design of font, color, and title.
- Title and illustration on cover clearly relate to the story and entice readers to pick up the book.
- The font and legibility of the text do not interfere with or disrupt communication of ideas to the reader in any area of the work.
- There are no grammar or spelling errors anywhere in the work.