Stand Up! – Pt.1

Brr- greetings from upstate New York. We’re closing a successful Fall 2017 semester with an UnEssay, the final capstone venture of our project Stand Up! in Writing Studies I. In this UnEssay, student rhetors remix one of their persuasive papers tackling an activist, social justice theme into a social web account (either a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube iteration).

Here’s the UnEssay prompt. The completed UnEssays will be posted here when complete in a few weeks.

Stand Up! — Part II

CPN-100: Writing Studies I — Fall 2017 — Composition Project II/III

  • Due: Dec. 5th. In class this day, you’ll give an informal, ungraded 2 minute presentation of your UnEssay.
  • Conferences: Optional. Sign up on the blog’s Google Doc as you’ve done all semester. A project like this requires strong communication skills to solve problems related to technology,  and coordination around unique circumstances. Take this into account.

 

Your task: To create a social media account (Twitter, Instagram or Facebook) or Youtube video that remediates (puts into a new media form) your Argumentative Essay #2. Your goal here is to persuade your reader/audience/account viewer to take on your point of view on this topic using evidence, support, critical thinking, language, images, video, links, research, quotations with MLA citation, and whatever else you might come up with to be persuasive.

You must argue an answer to one of the following questions:

  1. Minimum wage. Should the United States and the state of New York raise the minimum wage to $15? Why or why not? What do our responses to this question suggest about our attitudes toward basic human rights, human dignity, and the value of labor to humanity?
  2. Free tuition to public universities.  Should college tuition in the United States (and New York in particular) be free for students? Why or why not? What do our responses to this question suggest about our attitudes toward basic human rights, human dignity, and the value of education to humanity?

 

Your UnEssay:

  • Will make an original, persuasive argument relating to one of these topics.
  • Will abide by specific forum requirements outlined on the back of this page.
  • Will draw specifically on your Essay #2’s language, themes and topics.
  • Will pay careful attention to how aspects of the SM account such as profile picture, avatar, bio, handle, location, likes, etc. contribute to an argument.

 

*** You will also compose a “Statement of Goals and Choices” in which you reflect on this project. It should be two pages long and should answer any of the following questions: How were you challenged on this project? Were you persuasive? Do you think you were successful? How did this project differ from a traditional print essay? Which would you be more likely to believe? Which would the general public prefer? What makes something persuasive and popular in your social media space? How did ethos, pathos and logos factor into your UnEssay?

By classtime on Dec. 5th, you will email a link to your UnEssay’s account (or its handle) and your statement of goals and choices to Jacob.Richter@cortland.edu.

 

YouTube:

  • Can be made in teams of 1-3 (no other options allow for group projects). You’ll all receive the same grade at the end of the project.
  • Must be at least three minutes long.
  • Must feature all group members “acting” in some way, ie. appearing in the video.
  • Can take the following forms: voiceover, documentary, PSA, commercial, narrative, story, dialogue, film– anything you can think of that makes an argument.
  • Must be posted directly to YouTube.
  • Must have a works cited page posted beneath the video that includes MLA information on any video clips or images used and any essays/sources used.
  • Goals and choices statement can be submitted as a group.

Twitter:

  • Must feature at least 20 total Tweets.
  • Must feature at least three images and two videos.
  • All images and videos must be cited in the format of “Via CNN.com.”
  • Must directly tweet at one or more outside accounts relating to the topic at hand.
  • Will link to at least four reputable outside sources (web magazine, professional video, etc.).
  • Must contain text statements (Tweets) that contribute to an argument on your issue.
  • Must follow at least five other accounts related to your cause/topic.

Facebook:

  • Must feature at least 12 total posts, all of which will contribute to an argument.
  • Must feature at least three images and two videos (likely borrowed + cited from YouTube).
  • Must directly tag one or more outside accounts related to your topic.  
  • Must like at least five other accounts related to your cause/topic.
  • Will link to at least four reputable outside sources (web magazine, professional video, etc.).
  • All images and videos must be cited in the format of “Via Slate.”

Instagram:

  • Must feature at least 7 posts that are properly cited in a “Via ABCNews” format.
  • Two of your images should be photos taken by you or drawings you’ve made yourself.  
  • Must follow at least five other accounts related to your cause/topic.
  • Must directly tag one or more outside accounts related to your topic.  
  • Will link to at least four reputable outside sources (web magazine, professional video, etc.).
  • Must include captions on each image, and at least one location should be tagged.

 

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