Working in groups, students will contribute to a class map of Senegal in Mariama Bâ's So Long a Letter (1981) using Google Maps. Each group will be assigned a cluster of letters in the book. Google's features allow for annotation of maps with historical information, images, analysis of quotations, and media that shed light on the places then and now.
Map annotations must analyze at least two quotations from the novel in light of the locations to which they refer. The map might include street views of the locations, images of buildings, links to video footage, or any information readers would find useful.
For examples of students’ maps of Virginia Woolf’s novel Jacob’s Room, see here.
You should attribute sources of images and content on the map itself. In any text on the map, including captions, you must use your own words, incorporate quotations effectively, and cite all sources.
We will discuss your findings after 25-30 minutes.
Group 1: Letters 3-4
Group 2: Letters 7-8
Group 3: Letters 8-9
Group 4: Letters 10-11
Group 5: Letters 12 and 14
Group 6: Letters 15-16
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Drawing on the examples in Issues 2 and 4 of Understanding Rhetoric, work in small groups to explore the manuscripts and videos in Agha Shahid Ali’s digital archive, The Beloved Witness. What do these materials teach you about the development of Ali’s poetry, including the form and content of poems, Ali's word choice, and the role of geography and historical contexts in his work?
Return to “A Postcard from Kashmir” in light of its drafts. What do you learn in light of knowing its history?
Collect your findings and compose an argument that you will introduce to the class.
Drawing on Issue 1 of Elizabeth Losh, et al's Understanding Rhetoric, we will break into four teams:
Team 1: Logos
Team 2: Ethos
Team 3: Pathos
Team 4: Kairos
Each team will spend ten minutes preparing a one minute dramatization of its concept for the class. Then each team will present.
Working in small groups, create a Snapchat video posting interpreting Agha Shahid Ali’s poem "Postcard from Kashmir." First work through the poem together, deciding what you would like to depict by combining images, video, and text (lines from the poem or interpretations of them). As you discuss the poem, consider its form, content, and imagery.
At least one member of the group should create a separate Snapchat account for this course and share the results with the instructor.