Visual Rendering

Assignment Goals

The Visual Rendering will accomplish the following:
Because each successful Visual Rendering will illustrate a key term central to ecocritical discourse in a web based design tool and then develope through invention, drafting, peer review, and revision, the project meets all four of the course learning goals: Rhetoric, Process, Multimodality, and Collaboration.

Visual Rendering Checklist

Successful Visual Renderings will complete the following:
  • Introduction: Please include a 350-400 word introduction to your rendering, in response to the prompt below, as well as a works cited, in MLA format for all text, date, or images included in the graphic.
  • Design Elements: infographic must be at least six blocks long; at least 60% different from the template in color, layout, and image; and include one key visual feature, such as a chart, map, or timeline.  
  • Situation/Argument: Illustrate a key term you draw from one or more of the theoretical readings in unit one. While you will likely develop an argument specific to the term/reading you chose, remember you are all claiming that the term you chose is sufficiently complex to warrant illustration and key to understanding environmental discourse.  
  • Progression: Develop your argument of the key term you chose by responding to the following visually and verbally: How does the author define the term you chose? How do you define the term you chose? What are some examples of your term? How does the term you chose signify in unexpected ways? How does the term you chose challenge basic assumptions about nature, ecology, or humans? 
  • Planning:Final drafts should demonstrate planning. In planning this video, you need to post a draft to your section blog by 8:00 AM, Sept 14, and respond to peer drafts, in-class later that day.
  • Final Draft: Submit the final draft to T-Square

Introduction Checklist

Successful introductions to Visual Renderings will respond to the following prompt in 350-400 words:
How does the term you chose challenge narrow expectations about nature and/or the current environmental crisis?

Citing Images from a Database 


Compose your Visual Rendering in one of the three template driven, design tools below:
  • Pktochart: freehand or lots of free template design options; best map builder of the three tools; lots of shapes, illustrations, etc.; export function limited.
  • Canva: most work done from inside the main window; lots of shapes, boarders, illustrations, etc.; good support; templates are a bit blah; and no rich media export options.
  • Visme: lets you create block by block, either template or blank; animation function; more options for uploading video/audio; and full range of export options.


The Visual Rendering is worth 15% of your total grade and will be assessed according to the final criteria adapted from the Common Feedback Chart:
  • 1. Rhetorical Awareness: Does the Visual Rendering address writing the situation (and assignment) completely and/or with unexpected insight? Does the Rendering fulfill the assigned design requirements and include an introduction? (20%)
  • 2. Stance: Does the Visual Rendering clearly articulate a unifying argument/goal? Does the Rendering illustrate a key term drawn from one or more of the theoretical readings in unit one? Does the author provide examples? (20%)
  • 3.Development of Ideas: Does the author develop his/her claim through by defining the key term visually and verbally? Does the author logically and progressively challenge/adapt the definition of the term to demonstrate its multiple meanings or potentially challenges?  (20%)
  • 4. Organization: Does the Rendering sustain the claim throughout?  Are transitions from one piece of evidence to another clear and logical? Is there a conclusion? (20%)
  • 5. Design for Medium: Does the Rendering use the affordances of its mode to enhance the goal/content? For example, does the author foreground visual iconography and proximity over chunks of text? (10%)
  • 6. Process: Does the final draft  demonstrate planning and revision? (5%)
  • 7. Conventions: Does video meet grammar, mechanics style, and syntax conventions with few or no errors? (5%)