Over the weekend, I had what I hope is a brilliant rhetorical analysis activity idea! I haven’t heard back from Abby about it, so I don’t know if we’ll actually do it in 1100 or not. She did add an extra day to practice rhetorical analysis after seeing the initial responses from the activity she started on Friday for them to complete at home, so there may be a chance! I might just have to check in because she just might not have seen the email.
The activity is:
We would have some kind of creative, collaborative way of displaying the analysis. I was originally thinking we would use constructions paper, markers, hole punches, scissors and pipe cleaners (as the “stitches”) to write out the parts of our analysis and put together as Frankenstein monsters, but I think a more legible, cost effective, and long-lasting option would be to do something similar using Prezi.
If I made a group Prezi with each group being assigned a blank/coloring page/silhouette of Frankenstein, then they can zoom in as much as they like to designate which parts of the monster match the parts of their analysis. I would ask them to choose what goes where and explain why. I want to do this to help them understand that all the parts are tied together and that different students might see the relationship between the parts differently, which is okay as long as they see that the parts work together as a whole, just like Frankenstein’s monster!
The blank space on the right of the second page is where I would give the instructions for this creative display method. I've modeled an APA citation at the bottom of the second page and would explain the reason for including the useful facts on the first page (the importance of doing research about the topic beyond the text itself to understand the full context, which I think was discussed as an important part of the analysis process in BR chapter 2).
I'm just your average fictional creature, living in a swampland by the sea.