After students post final drafts of projects to the blog I ask them to leave a comment on someone else’s post (and preferably a post from another class). Below are some samples of student comments on the projects. Please also see the post Commenting on Student Posts for more thoughts on this subject.
The multimodal final drafts are really entertaining to grade! Below are a few projects produced by my students this semester. The quality was not as good as I expected, and in the future I think it will be important for me to give them feedback on the rough drafts (along with the peer feedback). But it’s also the first of four projects, so there is plenty of room for improvement this semester. Here is a summary of the things my students struggled with the most:
- building credibility (and referencing sources in the projects)
- targeting an audience
- clarifying the purpose of a message
- deciding on an effective and appropriate mode for the projects’ message.
To organize the giving and receiving of feedback for the blog projects, I find it easiest to send a sign-up sheet around the room. For homework, students respond to the peer review questions posted below. It is important to preface this assignment with a discussion on the giving and receiving of feedback (similar to managing a peer review session for writing workshop).
Homework #3 asks students to post their rough drafts on Black Board Learn (or Google Drive or whatever forum space your class uses) so that other people in the class can give feedback on the project. As long as the drafts are posted on time, I give all the students in the group credit. The student instructions for submitting the rough draft are posted below.
- produce public service announcements that use all of the rhetorical appeals
- use at least two modes of communication
- address a specific audience
This assignment is similar to the first blog assignment. To prepare for it, compile a variety of popular news and social media clips on the blog. I like to mix it up and include clips and segments from a wide variety of sources: The Daily Show, Trew News, TedTalks, Fox News, Vice News, etc. Below are a few samples of videos I used this semester.
- to create a Menu Tab for the student blog that links to all of the comments, posts and projects for the Rhetorical Analysis Module
- to phrase the Menu Tab and Categories in a way that emphasizes critical analysis without the use of terms within academic discourse (such as rhetoric, rhetorical analysis, rhetorical tools, rhetorical context, ethos, logos and path)
- to demonstrate to students in class (or with written directions) how to navigate this section of the blog, what their roles are and how to go about posting their homework assignments