Project 3

Proposal due10/18 via blog post
Storyboard due 10/23
Peer Review draft due 11/1
Presentations and final draft due 11/6, 11/8, 11/13

This project requires you to compose a video literacy narrative wherein you tell some story about your favorite communicative mode. Return to the Chapter 1 reading from class to explore the modes.

What is a literacy narrative?
A literacy narrative is a story that describes how you learned to read, write, and/or compose. This might be a story about learning to read cereal boxes, a story about learning to write plays, or a story about learning to shoot photography. Some people will want to record their memories about the bedtime stories their parents read to them, the comics they looked at in the newspaper, or their first ipod. Others will want to tell a story about writing a memorable letter, leaning how to sing, reading the Bible, publishing a 'zine', or sending an e-mail message. (description courtesy of the DALN)

Your literacy narrative should be focused on your literacy with a particular communicative mode. If your favorite mode is the linguistic, then you could tell any 2-3 minute story that explains to us how you became literate in some component of reading, writing, or speaking. This might be an overview of your linguistic literacy, or perhaps a small moment (such as the time your 8-year old self wrote a series of love poems to Justin Timberlake, or the way your first writing teacher made you feel horrible about your writing skills, or the way you used to hide in the closet reading Harry Potter books....)

I should be able to watch your literacy narrative and learn something about you and your favorite mode. It's quite broad, and we'll talk in class about ways of assessing your videos.

Assignment Components

Step 1, The Proposal (10/18). This is Blog Post #9: Provide a proposal and outline for your proposed literacy narrative (typed or hand written). The proposal should describe the topic you are addressing ("my literacy narrative will be about X") and then it should provide a description and/or outline for what your narrative will include ("in order to share my story about X, I will be doing the following....").

Step 2, The Storyboard (10/23). After (re)reading Chapter 6 and Reynolds' "Lessons from the Art of Storyboarding" (10/23 readings), you will design your own storyboard for the video. You can use this handout (print as many as needed) or create your own. In this particular handout, the image would be drawn in the box, and a description would be written underneath it. YOU WILL be including these storyboards with your final project, so hang onto them and/or scan them asap so you have a digital copy. Follow the best practices from the readings so as to create a storyboard that helps you compose.

Step 3, The First Draft (11/1). (see Step 4 below and get as close as you can, knowing you may need to do some revisions)

Step 4, The Final Draft. Your final draft will be a 2-3 minute video composed in iMovie, Moviemaker, or Final Cut Pro. The video can include moving images or stills (or both!). It must include sound.If you want to borrow a video camera, you can check one out from the AML. Learn more here and/or visit your friendly AML consultant.

Your video must tell us a story (or stories) of how you became literate, and/or your experience with literacy, in a particular mode. See the "what is a literacy narrative?" at the top of this page for more information. The final video must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo (or other video sharing site of your choice) and must be linked to your Project 1.

Based on our classroom discussions, your final draft will be assessed on the following:

  1. Content: A) did you follow the assignment (tells a story about a mode, is 2-3 minutes, is uploaded and linked to Project1, B) did your story have a beginning, middle, and end
  2. Form: How effective is the media selected? Consider the effectiveness of voiceover, music, still images, words on screen (as captions or titles), transitions, video quality (each shot is thoughtfully composed and included).

Step 5, The Presentation (11/6, 8, 13). You will share your video with the class in a 5 minute presentation. 2-3 minutes will be spent showing the video, and the remaining 2-3 minutes will be used to explain why you made the choices that you did. This is your chance to rhetorically analyze your own work and sell us on the fact that you used the right rhetorical strategies given the rhetorical situation.

Your presentation will be assessed on the following:

  1. Content: 1) describes the rhetorical situation for the video (purpose and audience in particular), 2) describes why you used the strategies you did (try using IX design terms and modes, as well as anything else you think will help us understand WHY you composed the video the way that you did)
  2. Form: 1) Should be roughly 5 minutes in length, 2) should have an effective introduction and conclutions, 3) should be cohesively organized.


SEE OVERALL RUBRICS FOR ASSIGNMENT HERE!! I will be using this to grade you, so it's worth looking it.