English 102 – Assignment Arc 4

Digital Synthesis Short as Invention, as first assignment

Focal Goals:

  • Synthesize evidence from (and using) multiple genres, media, and viewpoints
  • Develop research questions, strategies, and positions in relation to knowledge, evidence, and texts
1. Genre: A Synthesis Short
Purpose: curate a series of digital artifacts related to a single concept and explore multiple viewpoints in a multimodal text
Artifacts may include: still and moving images, music, voiceover, title and/or other text, and credits
Medium: video, podcast, video or audio essay
2. Genre: Research Proposal
Purpose: propose a manageable research project for the semester
Artifacts: previous knowledge, research questions, research plan
Medium: alphabetic page-based text
3. Genre: Annotated Bibliography
Purpose: curates and analyzes research sources in a variety of media and genres, with special emphasis on evaluating credibility, reliability, and validity
Artifacts: academic and popular texts, multimedia sources
Medium: alphabetic page-based text, inserted/referenced medium or genre of argument being analyzed
4. Research Synthesis
Purpose: synthesize sources around a single concept or question and put multiple viewpoints in conversation with each other, identifying patterns and gaps in research
Artifacts: multiple scholarly texts, any medium or genre
Medium: alphabetic page-based text, inserted/referenced medium or genre of argument being analyzed

*Assignments are adaptable by course theme and can be modified to include more multimedia artifacts within assignments and/or between assignments. Alternative structure: Assignment 1 can a multimodal digital (group) presentation rather than a video, and the course can end with a Concept in 60 video about a concept or as a reflection on the process or course.

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