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Multimodal Mondays: Day in the Life: A DIY Assignment Using Immediate Media, Archives, and Animation to Engage Student-Scholars in Digital, Public Writing

posted: 11.3.14 by Andrea Lunsford

Students encounter public writing every day of their lives. While they are often critical consumers of such multimodal rhetorics, they more often need their teachers to guide them towards critical production of everyday public rhetorics. They need us to help them to decide invention—what it is they want to say; to discern arrangement and style—how are they going to say it; and to revise—prepare it for an audience who, like them, consumes more digital than printed texts.

If your students are like mine, they have a general distaste for “Dear Teacher” essays, preferring instead to produce critical compositions that carry meaning for them and their peers in popular culture. At SPSU, I have further found that students like to create performative texts on cultural topics of their choosing. While I understand, and usually agree, that self-choice of writing topics develops student stakeholders, in a first-year, first-semester composition course, students often need some structure while exploring cultural identities. The assignment I am writing about this week provides a DIY-packaged compromise that gives students opportunities to curate media from a specific cultural experience while maintaining the consistency that is sometimes necessary for first-year writing instruction. For this assignment, students will tweet, archive their tweets, then produce a 30-second expository animation that describes a “day in the life” of an identity they embody. [read more]

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