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Humans Profile

Humans Profile

Shared by Elizabeth Baldridge

Using Humans of New York as a profile genre, students are challenged to produce their own Humans-style profile, using photos and individual stories to profile a local place of their choosing. This one requires some solid scaffolding, but it has yielded some exciting, inspired results from students who were genuinely interested in the work. I recommend this video for getting students to think about their approach and questions and this StoryCorps app as a useful tool for interviewing. Also, I created a writing-only alternative for students who don’t have access to a smartphone or digital camera that involves using traditionally-written profile portraits to describe the subject and the setting.

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Group Presentations

Group Presentations

Shared by Jeremy Branstad

I use this assignment to help students understand the concepts of main ideas and supporting details. The assignment is given during unit two, the placeography, and involves having students work together in groups to give a presentation to the class. They decide on a main idea for their presentation together as a group. They then go out and take pictures to support that main idea. Students use the worksheet (page 2 of the attachment) to do all the planning collaboratively during classtime.

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Digital Visual Argument (Four-Letter Word Project)

Digital Visual Arguments

Sample Student Projects here and here

Shared by Ethna Lay

Writing instruction changes exponentially as the technologies for writing change. Sensitive to this need to address a rapidly flexing pedagogy, I have designed a digital, visual argument assignment for my first-year writing students. The project involves making an argument as a visual montage followed by a verbal, written reflection considering whether images can do what words do, and the converse query, can words do what images do.

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Small Object, Large Subject Essay

Small Object Large Subject

Shared by Ethna Lay

With inspiration from/credit to Adam Gopnik’s introduction to the volume of Best American Essays of 2008

The small object/LARGE SUBJECT essay is often an easy way for students to embark on cultural criticism.  I’d tag it “new media,” as its relevance to this site hinges on the productive role of the affordances of technology like prezi for basic writers during the invention process.

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More Book Projects

Final Novel Projects

Shared by Elizabeth Baldridge

With inspiration from/credit to a Read Write Think assignment and a collection of getmereading novel projects

This is a collection of fun multimodal writing projects for students’ joy reading books.

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PostSecret Novel Projects

PostSecret Project Guidelines

Shared by Elizabeth Baldridge

This is one of the novel projects I assign to accompany joy reading of high-interest novels.  In it, students are asked to make inferences about characters in their novels, and they’re also asked to make writing choices informed by analysis of a specific genre (the PostSecret card).

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