Students will sign up for one short analysis and one small group presentation on major texts we’ll be covering this semester (one text based, the other other visually based). Here is the spreadsheet you’ll use to do that.
- Short analysis essay: 500-700 word essay uploaded to Slack that includes a concrete analytical thesis as the final sentence of first paragraph; essay is due in the appropriate channel in Slack on the Friday before the presentation day of the group. Additionally:
- Thesis must identify a narrow and concrete component of the text for analysis (examples: a scene, a textual or linguistic pattern, the application of a particular theoretical principle, a contradiction or debate evident in the text).
- Essay should be formatted by MLA guidelines and submitted into the appropriate channel in Slack with an accompanying message that quotes the thesis statement.
- Essay should cite from the primary source and at least two outside sources (at least one academic).
- Group presentation: a 20-30 minute video recorded discussion on the text moderated by one of the members that begin with three discussion questions for the class and short presentations by each member on the argument of their short analysis essay. Additionally:
- A Thursday planning meeting with Pete roughly two weeks before presentation
- A Thursday recording session with Pete roughly one week before presentation
- Collaboration with group members to identify the three discussion questions, discussion moderator, sources, and discussion responses.