Working in groups of three, create a Snapchat video posting interpreting the role of New York in one of the Claude McKay poems that we read (“If We Must Die,” “America,” “Subway Wind,” “On Broadway,” or “The Tropics in New York.” ). The posting will include text, such as lines from the poem or responses to it.
At least one member of the group should create a separate Snapchat account for this course and share the results with the instructor. We will view your postings at the end of class.
Week 1 Posting, Due Sunday January 27 by 11pm
As you learned in the introduction to Understanding Rhetoric, comics make meaning visually by combining words and text. Memes work in a similar, and often humorous, way. For your first discussion board posting, you will make a meme to teach your classmates about one aspect of the syllabus, such as when assignments are due, what discussion board postings involve, when one should go to the writing center, what constitutes plagiarism, when using phones or devices is class is appropriate, what class participation involves, or how many absences one is permitted. Make sure your meme is appropriate for an academic audience (G-Rated).
In addition to posting your meme on the Discussion Board, you will write a response of least 50 words addressing why the point that your meme makes matters and how its combination of image and text makes meaning. In the introduction to Understanding Rhetoric you will learn about visual literacy. As you discuss why you chose the design, content, and language that you did, make a connection to at least one point in the introduction to Understanding Rhetoric, citing the page number, and quoting the text if relevant.
To post your response, click ‘Create Thread’ on the Discussion Board.
You can use any application you would like to make your meme, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Snapchat, or Instagram, and saving your image (perhaps as a screenshot) to upload. Jing is a useful application for taking screenshots on a computer, for instance of a combination of texts and an image in Microsoft Word.
Some other tools include:
Syllabus meme assignment developed by Andee Krafft