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Month: November, 2012

Reflection THREE (!!) due 12/7 at 5pm

And the Winner Is (now you can write to this – or ride your bike – forever!)…YOU! because this is your FINAL reflection, so do it right! Because you don’t want a zero, you don’t want to say everything is embarrassing, you want to be able to enjoy your weeknd, and get free a little for the holiday season so that you can look forward to the future (click and zoom in). See, hyperlinks are so FUN!

Anyway, Reflection Three.

By now you know that…that these reflections will be an important part of your course grade, so I advise you to take them seriously because I will be grading them as formal writing assignments. Therefore, I suggest that you outline your answers in a way that is structured and organized – not just a random slew of thoughts that bounce off of each other. Begin with an introductory paragraph, answer the questions in the body, and then write a conclusion paragraph. Do a thorough job with this, please. That is, don’t just answer the questions in a rote manner – put them into a form that an external audience member who didn’t have the questions in front of them could understand and even enjoy. Be specific and thoughtful. And proofread (!)

I hope that the exercise we did on Monday helped you think about your progress in this class on a surface level, at least. In terms of your third reflection, I want you to take a long view on this semester and your progress in this course, what you expected to do/learn, what you actually created and engaged with, how you think about your community differently, and in what way you’re going to take some of these things with you into WRD111 to ensure your progress in that course as well. As you may remember, during our initial class sessions, we talked about space, place, identity, community, and what all of those things may mean to you, personally, as well as what they have meant to more radical geographers like Doreen Massey, what it means to be part of a systems of flows, and how the personal is political.  We have looked at maps on maps on maps on maps.  You have thought about places in your community in different ways, and have tried to communicate that/those perspective/s to your classmates as well as to a broader audience on the Internet. You have performed rhetorical analysis (ethos!logos!pathos!) for journalistic articles, memoirs, photographs, commercials, and music videos. You have made your own maps, learned how to design websites, spoken publicly as individuals and within a group, collaborated with your classmates, and gone into the community to observe, talk to people, generate research, and document your experiences via various methods.

Now I want you to take time to think about all of these things. What did you expect coming into this class? What kind of work did you expect to do? What did you expect to think about? How did you think information would be presented to you? What materials did you think that you would be engaging with? What kind of research had you done? Public speaking? Community engagement? Map and website creation?

What did you find in reality in this class? What has challenged you and what has been easy? How did you expect your group work to go and how has it gone? What kind of artifact creation – speeches, maps, written work, etc – has been engaging for you? Or challenging? Or exciting? What component of this class do you think could serve you in the future in a positive way? What are you continuing to struggle with? Do you feel as though you really rose to the occasion with your research project for this class? What do you wish you had done more/less of, in retrospect? Has this project made you think about space, place, identity, or community in different ways? Have you changed any of your personal practices as a result of information that you’ve learned? Do you feel any more or less confident as a result of components of this class? What are your goals for WRD111?

These are just beginning questions from which to move into your reflection; you may elaborate on other points as you see necessary, especially things like the last half of your group work, the end result of your final project and speech, etc. I hope that you’ll take time to think about where you were at the beginning of the semester and where you are now –  and what your future goals may be in terms of your growth as a student, community member, researcher, group collaborator, and/or public speaker.

**Remember, you must write at least 500 words. If you do not write at least 500 words, you do not get credit – and make sure to have an introduction & conclusion in addition to moving through a range of the questions I’ve started to pose here**

presentation order

Here is the presentation order at this point.

(It will change if we run out of time on the first day and all will be pushed back, obviously).

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28 WEDNESDAY: Libraries, Johnson Center

30 FRIDAY Engineering

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3 MONDAY Phoenix Park


7 FRIDAY: Reflection #3 due, Group Evaluations Due.


Upcoming Deadlines

Upcoming deadlines and assignments: on Monday, you will have your speech outlines due to blackboard(typed, detailed) by 11am, but bring a copy of your outline or similar notes to class on Monday so that each group can take about 5 minutes to practice in front of the class, using their website in the background as a guide, though, on speech day, your presentations MUST be 4-6 minutes per person. Please review your syllabus (which is also a tab on my blog) and then feel free to send me any questions, or come in and talk to me.

The presentation on Monday is a good way to show the class what you’ve done and to explain what component(s) each person is going to cover – in an elevator-speech style pattern. Think about where the individual speeches will differ and where will they follow patterns? How will you keep your audience engaged? How will you show them that you have the best project? Think of this as a team-based design presentation: speaking skills, order, transitions, content: these all matter – you are speaking as an individual, but are part of a team that has produced a final product. This is formal presentation – organize it as such.

You will practice again on Monday the 26th, the day when your digital documentaries go live. Remember, they are graded on content, research quality and scope (variety of sources, types of research, quality of searches
– discussion boards are NOT the best, for example), PROPER use of MLA style, PROPER works cited, design, use of pictures and hyperlinks, clarity and quality of writing, design and user-friendliness. I recommend that you take your digital documentaries to the writing center – remember, this is a work that will be in public, for the entire world to see, not just for the function of this class. You want the writing to be very seamless and of high quality.

When writing your speech outlines, you’ll want to consider what makes the most sense for inclusion, but you know that you will want to explain:

1. aspects of your research sections – communicate some of the research you gathered, but not word-for-word from the website
2. components of your map, how you created it, why you did it in this form (sell your reason, don’t just say because you thought it would be cool) and what it is communicating about your place in terms of dimensionality. What new things can your audience learn as a result of interacting with this document?
3. Talk about your process for gathering research, how your project changed and grew, and what you expected to find versus what you found.
4. You can take some time to reflect on your experience, personally, with this project, and what else you would have liked to add on or discovered if you had more time with the project.
5. In what ways do you foresee becoming more involved with your community in the future? How do you define space or place differently now? How will you use the information/skills that you’ve learned as a part of this project?
6. Anything else you find relevant – but you MUST verbally cite your information while speaking.

The week that your do your digital presentations, you will have your third reflection due. The documentary, speech, and third reflection are the final grades you have for the class (in addition to participation and attendance).

Friday/Monday (16 November, 19 November)

On Friday, your complete digital documentaries will be due to me so that I can give you feedback and comments before you leave for/early in Thanksgiving Break.  This means that your map(s) should also be complete by Friday. Any lacking research should be explained and made note of – there is VERY LITTLE TIME left for gathering much more data.

On Monday, your digital documentary tour speech outlines (on blackboard) will also be due for each member – you may use the speech outline document that I’ve had you use in the past for other oral presentations, making note, in addition to your content, of how you are going to manipulate your website as you speak (as in what information will be in the background while you are presenting your part) – as I mentioned in class, for your presentation, you will each speak for 4-6 minutes. Remember, each member will present a different part of his/her research and process; your presentation should be cohesive and each member’s presentation should come together to form a whole portrait of your place(s) and theme(s) while giving a sense of your individual role and findings (without necessarily repeating all of the info on the digital documentary). It is key that you use oral citations when discussing your findings – this is something that many of your have glossed over in the past.

On Monday, you will also have informal presentation sessions (similar to your storyboards) where you present your individual speaking outlines to the class with your digital documentary in the background – you will NOT speak for the full 4-6 minutes each because all of the groups and their members must go in one class period – instead, you will explain the content of each of your outlines so that, if there are any questions or confusions, you can change your content to reflect these earlier rather than later. The actual presentations will be in formal speech style (snappy casual!!) so make sure to organize your thoughts accordingly, but this is a chance to see if your order/general content/background projection images make sense to the rest of the crowd.


12 November 2012

I’m going to pull up the maps that you turned in to me, and I want you to explain them to the group – what are you doing with your map? What are you going to add? Why is what you’re doing significant? What do you need to do to add more depth? How are multiple group members/their research represented on your map? How does this map relate to the audience? How does it make the place you’re representing multidimensional? How does it tie into the rest of your project? What does it say about your interpretation of this place? Take a few minutes to discuss your responses to these questions with your group and then come in front of the class and discuss your responses.

Workshop Questions: digital documentaries

Go through the digital documentaries and explain what you’re doing with each part that you’ve personally constructed/researched – what do you need to add at this rough draft stage? What is confusing your partner? Is it clear why you’ve chosen to include each thing that you have in your section?

Why have you chosen the medium that you have? Does that make sense to your audience? Does your audience want to engage with what you’ve presented? Is it easily digestible? Remember that this is a web format – not a paper – what seems too long or too short? Could/would someone outside of this class care/continue reading/viewing/clicking?

Look for grammar/spelling/punctuation problems – are there strange constructions/sentences that are confusing? How can your message be as clear and vibrant as possible?

What about citations and incorporating research? Is it done smoothly? Does the trajectory of the presentation make sense?

As you’re working with your partner make notes of your conversation – these will help you remember/construct your revision plans – you’ll have to do a blog post on this session.

W, 14th : digital documentary revision/addition posts due (300+ words); continue adding to maps/digital documentaries – in-class work session.

F, 16th : digital tour outlines due (for each member – for your presentation, you will each speak for 4-6 minutes, remember to use oral citations); revised (read: complete) version of map due; Complete Digital Documentary Rough Draft Due (?)


MLA Format: Monday’s Class

Posted below are resources that I think you will find useful for revising and double-checking your descriptive web texts for proper citation methods.

Diana Hacker MLA works cited list

Diana Hacker MLA in-text citations – please look at the “basic rules” section at the very beginning of the page – it will be extremely informative for many of you.

Purdue OWL electronic sources works cited formats

Purdue OWL in-text citations

Use these resources in addition to your Pocket Style Manual in order to make **crucial** changes to your descriptive web texts by Wednesday at 11am. Please get into pairs and check each other’s papers together to make sure that you fulfill the following points:





***If you make changes to your web text (if changes are necessary, which they were on many papers) then re-post it to your blog AND email me either with the new document attached or the url to the posted text***