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Building Your Video Essay

A Process The best video essays, like the best traditional academic essays, develop iteratively: that is, they are made in a number of stages with each stage incorporating time to reflect, gather feedback, and improve. The following process is one that I have found to be successful for many students. Read more…

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War Rhetoric Hypotheses

Discussion Question: The introduction of Books for Captains says that the ultimate goal of war according to Renaissance military treatises was to return to a Golden Age and everlasting peace through the exercise of war. How does this compare to the ways in which we talk about the goals of war today? Read more…

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Rhetorical Analysis In-Class Exercise

Rhetorical Analysis In-Class Exercise Resource Used: https://www.thoughtco.com/proof-rhetoric-1691689 Procedure: Students agree on a work of popular culture that they have all seen or read. Then, they are divided into groups of four. Each group of four takes one of six parts of the parts of a speech listed below. After working Read more…

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Fairytale peer review questions

What feedback can you offer your peer review partners on the following questions? Rhetorical Awareness Do they answer all the aspects of the prompt? Does their work fit the definition of a fairytale? Is the fairytale complete? Does the tone feel appropriate to the assignment’s rhetorical situation? Stance and Development Read more…

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Prompts for Paper 2

After much deliberation, I decided on these six prompts. It was tough! My original list was 15 prompts long, but I decided that would be too many options. If you wrote a prompt you were very attached to, but you don’t see in this list, please let me know. We Read more…

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Hamlet discussion

Today we selected discussion questions from Piazza to explore in more depth in small groups. Students picked a question, then began to discuss some preliminary answers to that question. Students then selected a clip from YouTube of a scene in Hamlet that is relevant to answering the question posed. Act Read more…

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Beauty and the Beast keywords

In class, we brainstormed a list of keywords to capture our reading on Beauty and the Beast and our viewing of the 1991 film. I’ve synthesized the results in four keywords below: Impressions: This keyword captures the theme of exterior vs. interior that we see throughout. The townsfolk are impressed with Read more…

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Paper 1 Peer Review

Peer Review Guidelines for Paper 1  Instructions:  1. Read the paper in full one time without stopping to ask for clarification. Respond as a reader in the author’s target audience (not as if you were going to grade it). This means that you might:  Note where you had to reread Read more…

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Visualizing Self-Fashioning

We discussed the introduction to Stephen Greenblatt’s Renaissance Self-Fashioning yesterday. Then, each section formed groups of 4-6 students and drew out a variety of ways to visualize the self-fashioning process, as described by Greenblatt. Here are the results of our experiment – note the heavy featuring of aliens and authority (represented in Read more…

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