Thank you all for a wonderful first semester at GATech! You all produced well crafted and thoughtful projects that were a pleasure to read, and your contributions to class discussion were consistently insightful and thought provoking. Thank you so much for taking up and working through the ideas I presented this semester. We went a long way in thinking through how people can live in a world after nature. I wish you the best in throughout your time at Tech and on into your what will no doubt be your wonderful future careers!
Class Plan Video
The video covers the following topics:
1. Housekeeping: Course Instructor Opinion Surveys and optional meeting times for Wednesday, Dec 6 and Thurs, Dec 7
2. Final Review of Portfolio Requirements
3. How to Create a Collection and Submit Portfolio to T-Square
2. I am free to meet via Skype tomorrow morning 9-12 and 11-2 in person in Stephen C. Hall #9 Thursday 11-2. Please email me for a 20 minute time slot.
3. Podcasts are due to T-Square by 5:00 PM tonight, please email me with any questions. The submission requirements are available on the Podcast Assignment
Final Review of Portfolio Requirements
After you have finished your portfolio drafts, keep the following in mind as you review your work:
1. Does your portfolio include a Reflective Introduction: Is the intro. published to its own, separate page 1200-1800 words and introduce your portfolio? Does it respond to the assignment prompt? Does the Reflective Introduction page strategically employ multimodal elements such as images, videos, audio files, and/or links in addition to the text?
2.Does your portfolio include an Artifact 0: Does the Artifact page include the Common First Week Video, any process documents, an introductory paragraph, and “Artifact Reflections” a-e? Can users play the video?
3. Does your portfolio include, Artifacts 1-3 (Visual Rendering, Literary Analysis, and Podcast): Do the Artifact pages 1-3 include the final draft of the Artifact, all process documents, the introductory paragraph, and “Artifact Reflections” a-e?
4. Does every page of the portfolio “efficiently use the affordances of the medium”? In other words, does the design and layout of your portfolio take audience into account?
The following is the checklist of requirements you need to fulfill for full credit on the Reflective Introduction Essay to be included in the Final Portfolio. Take a minute or Two and read through the checklist.
For full credit on the Final Portfolio, you need to compose a reflective, introductory essay of 1200-1800 words in which you draw out an argument from the projects you completed this semester, i.e. the artifacts you curated into your portfolio. A successful Reflective Introduction Essay will accomplish the following:
1. Develop an argument about your intellectual growth as a communicator through the close analysis of artifacts in the portfolio. Make sure your Reflective Introduction is an essay and not a list in paragraph format.
1. Group One: What is the topic or unifying idea of the Introduction? What claims or sets of claims does the author make about that topic/unifying idea? What are some rhetorical gestures employed by the author?
2. Group Two: Describe how the author has organized her paragraphs. Are some parts of the essay more successful than others, why or why not?
3. Group Three: Describe the evidence and analysis in the essay. Does the evidence and analysis fully support and develop the claim, why or why not?
4. Group Four: Describe the design/layout of the first page of this Portfolio. Does the author make efficient or innovative use of the affordances of the genre/tool. What’s your assessment of the page layout? For instance, what’s your assessment of the relationship between the written and visual text? What’s your assessment of paragraph structure?
Reflective Essay Freewrite
Freewrite for 5-8 minutes in response to each of the following prompts. Be prepared to discuss your response with the class after each:
1. Rhetorical Awareness/Stance: From the beginning of the semester to this moment, how have you “grown as a communicator”?
Your response to the question will form the topic and generate the claim of your reflection. To answer this question, think about the five major communicative modes in WOVEN–have you developed in any one of those areas more than others? Also, think about the artifacts you have produced this semester, what assignments or specific modes within assignments can you point to to show “development” over time? You may also want to frame your claim and subsequent essay in terms of one or more areas featured on the Common Feedback Chart.
2. Draft an outline of the 4-6 paragraphs you imagine will follow from the claim you just generated.
Organization: While the artifacts in the portfolio serve as evidence, remember, just like in the Literary Analysis Essay, you never want to lead with the evidence. Instead, you want to lead with claim and move from paragraph to paragraph in service of that claim.
3. What artifacts do you plan to analyze to develop & support the claim you generated? (i.e. what final assignments best show your growth as a communicator?)
Development of Ideas: How can you describe and analyze your own work the way we have described and analyzed images, poetry, essays, and film this semester? What key terms can you borrow from our analysis of design, rhetoric, fiction, and/or film to apply to your own artifacts?
For Thursday, Nov 30
Please be sure you can access the following materials for Thursday’s class:
1. Common First Week Video & process document (script/plan)
Any questions about the Video composition or submission?
Any questions about completing the Student Instructor Agreement Form?
Part I: Course Blog Sign-Up
From any page of the course website, click on the course title and number of the section in which you are enrolled (ENGL F2, D1, N2), and then follow the prompts to login/register as a course blog Author.
Each time you have a post due, you will click on the link to your section, create a new post, and publish to the GATech hosted domain, which is totally anonymous to any user outside of GATech.