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A List of Ten Inspired by Literary Starbucks

posted: 10.28.14 by Traci Gardner

Earlier this month, a colleague shared the image on the right on her Facebook news feed. A few seconds of searching on Google led me to the origin, the Literary Starbucks Tumblr blog.

The idea is simple: the site, which is just over a month old, publishes descriptions of the Starbucks’ orders for various authors and characters. Some of the posts are descriptive, like that for George R.R. Martin on the right. Some include snippets of overheard dialogue between the barista and the customer, like the orders for Frodo or Isaac Asimov. Others mimic the verse of the author, like the orders for Dr. Seuss and for Langston Hughes (one of my favorites).

Not only is the site fun to read, but Literary Starbucks could also inspire some interesting student work. Students have to get inside the author’s or character’s head, think about her decisions, and then show what would happen in a style that mimics the original. It’s the kind of activity that requires a strong understanding of the original text. [read more]

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Snapchat Mashups

posted: 10.14.14 by Traci Gardner

I love “28 Snapchats From Harry Potter.” The BuzzFeed article compiles Snapchat-like images that mashup images from the Harry Potter movies with pop culture comments and puns, like the “Snapechat” image on the right.

Much like the Pinterest activities I shared two weeks ago, these Snapchat mashups would work as inspiration for the multimodal remix assignment students work on in the Writing and Digital Media course that I teach. [read more]

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Pinterest Logistics

posted: 10.7.14 by Traci Gardner


My last post included Ten Pinterest Assignments. This week, I’m sharing some details on the logistics of the activity and to respond to some questions in the comments from last week. [read more]

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Ten Pinterest Assignments

posted: 9.30.14 by Traci Gardner

The final project in the Writing and Digital Media course that I taught last spring and am teaching again this term is to remix a story in ways that get beyond the linguistic mode of communication to capitalize on the possibilities that digital media afford storytellers.

Since students will spend over a month on the project, I want them to work on a topic that piques their interests. They can use any story, fiction or nonfiction, so long as their finished project goes beyond relying primarily on words to include at least three modes of communication as it rethinks the original story in some way. [read more]

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