Week 2: What is multimodality? How is it changing our understanding of “composition”?

Our first two class sessions helped lay the groundwork for what we’ll be studying this semester and helped us get to know each other a little better, but I’m excited for next week, when we’ll dive into our first reading assignment and tackle our first big project, the Video Narrative.

Here’s a breakdown of how we’ll spend our time in class next week and what you need to do before we meet:

  • Your homework for Monday is to watch several sample video narratives to get a feel for the genre. I have created collections on Vimeo and YouTube, and those are good places to get started. (Try to find others!) During class, we will hold our first workshop session, which will be focused on developing storyboards for your video narratives. Please come to class with at least three different ideas for your video narrative and be ready to share them with your classmates. In addition, please read/watch these two pieces on storyboarding:
  • On Wednesday, we will begin discussing Jody Shipka’s Toward a Composition Made Whole, so please read the Introduction and Chapter 1 (pp. 1–38) before you come to class. When you have finished the reading assignment, write a post about it on your new blog. You might want to question a specific passage, relate a personal experience to what you read, or link to another article on the web that confirms or refutes the ideas in these pages. Please add your post no later than Tuesday night, and when you’re done, add a comment to this post that contains a link to your blog. In class, we will discuss the reading assignment, then begin exploring software options for your video narratives. If possible, bring your iPad to class.

Finally, consider this one last reminder to sign up for Twitter and add a comment to last week’s post if you haven’t done so already.

If you have any questions about our plans for next week, please send me an email or contact me on Twitter. Otherwise, I’ll see you in class on Monday!

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