reexamining your literacy narrative and recreating it
you’ll be reexamining your literacy narrative and recreating it as a multimedia piece. Take the narrative you’ve already written and rethink the medium.
In this final assignment, you’ll be reexamining your literacy narrative and recreating it as a multimedia piece. Take the narrative you’ve already written and rethink the medium. This process is called remediation, adapting a message from its current page-based medium to the realm of digital technology. Just as you do when you write an essay, you will still be responsible for considering your techniques, rhetorical strategies, audiences, and use of language; however, using a variety of modes (sound, video, audio, alphabetic text, font, color, etc.) you may be afforded new creative opportunities to share your narrative’s message. NB: Foul and indecent language of any kind or in any format MUST NOT be included in your work!
Due Date: Friday, December 18, 2020 by 9:00 AM
***NB: The project will close on the date of submission after which you will no longer have access to submit. This is your version of the final exam, so please treat it as such. No emails will be accepted and a zero will go into the gradebook if the final remix and reflection are not submitted on time.
What are Modes?
Here are the modes you can incorporate within your project:
Linguistic: written words and phrases, bursts of text, scripted voiceover narration, interview clips, etc.
Visual: digital photos, video clips, GIFs, memes, font, color, original photography, original artwork, etc.
Aural: musical underscoring, atmospheric sound effects, audio interviews, podcasting, etc.
Spatial: the layout of words and image, juxtaposition, size, scale, distance, etc.
Imagine that you have been asked to present your narrative to an audience outside this classroom at a public venue. Would you stand at the front of the room and merely read your narrative essay out loudly? You could, of course, but you would be neglecting a true creative opportunity.
Instead of boring your audience to tears, you might attempt to engage them in other ways. Perhaps you could:
Construct a visual presentation—using PowerPoint or Prezi, perhaps—and use font, color, still images, short bursts of text, etc. to amplify the project’s claims.
Re-interpret your narrative as an audio essay or podcast.
Think like a YouTuber and create a video about your narrative.
Create a brief animation.
Write and illustrate (digitally or by hand) a graphic novel or sequence of comic panels.
Make a set of posters that informs people about your narrative.
Construct a website that houses information about your narrative.
Construct a Facebook or Instagram page about your narrative.
Production & Assessment Requirements:
The Multimodal Remix consists of two components: a multimedia/modal piece and a written, reflective component. Together, they constitute 25% of your total course grade.
You must use at least two modes of expression along with the text.
Thesis: Convey your literacy narrative in a new way, using other modes of creation besides strictly alphabetic text. Your audience should not have to guess what your message is: your thesis in your creative project should be clear as a “standalone piece” to an audience outside our class who knows nothing about your work. Remember: you are still conveying a message—not merely informing the audience.
Creativity/originality in sharing your story: Be creative. Your goal is to create a piece that engages the audience you are envisioning (most immediately our class but also beyond) in your narrative. You can do this in a number of ways: by appeals to logic (logos) using alphabetic text/numbers/etc. You can use images and video clips to appeal to emotion (pathos). How well do you select interesting images or video clips? How well do you arrange them to tell a story?
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