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This assignment is designed as the first step for the Interacive Image (level 6) assignment. It is designed to help students identify a key issue for rhetoric and/or games, to do some exploratory research to see if that topic is a viable path for engagement, and to present a focus statement that will guide the larger project in Level 6.
– Must have completed all Level 1 Assignments
– Must have completed Level 2 Trading Card
– Must have completed Level 3 (Info)Graphic Exposition
To complete this assignment, students need to write a proposal that identifies a key issue in relation to rhetoric and games, do some preliminary research on that topic/issue, and then draft a proposal that explains the value of the topic, the approach being used, the platform, and some basic gestures as to how the interactive image will work. Papers should include the following sections: Focus Statement, Situating the Issue, Related Research, Platform/Medium, and Storyboards
Students who successfully complete this assignment will receive +1 diamond.
Most critical lines of inquiry begin in preliminary thought and research where writers, scholars, and thinkers notice an argument, a moment of stasis, or identify a central issue at stake in a particular content area or line of thought. Then they do some exploratory research to see what else is available on that topic: who has said what, when, and where, and why do those things matter. Those preliminary inquiries help writers establish a basis from which to begin more critical engagements. As such, this assignment is designed to help students build a case for the project they want to create in the L6 Interactive Image assignment. For this pitch (which is a condensed proposal), students will locate a key issue they would like to explore in relation to rhetoric and games, do some preliminary research, and draft a pitch that makes the case for this topic as a valuable image-based engagement.
These proposals should include the following areas or sections:
- Focus Statement: These can be traditional thesis type statement (usually a sentence or two) or they can be a bit more extended and provide a more developed representation of what is at stake in the line of research students hope to pursue.
- Situating the Issue: In this section, students should attempt to situate their issue into a particular conversation or line of research. Students should indicate a few sources in which the issue is prevalent and explain where those sources are taking the issue (i.e., what is its history, in limited fashion, and where are scholars/writers attempting to push the argument?). Here it is important to make connections and to situate the focus of this work in a kind of conversation.
- Related Research: Students should identify 10 additional sources that may contribute to their argument (these can be done in bibliographic form). Note: (a) only 3 of these 10 can come from course texts, (b) 2 of the non-course sources should be scholarly sources.
- Platform/medium: Students should identify what platform they will be working in for producing these interactive images (e.g., Powerpoint, Keynote, Adobe Edge, Wix.com, etc.) and explain why they feel this is a good choice (based on its affordances and the student’s abilities).
- Storyboard: Students should create two to three storyboards that identify the basic elements of the project (i.e., wireframes) as well as general content locations and/or gestures toward functional operations.
An Additional Guide
These proposals, minus Storyboards and Related Research, can take up no more space than what is available to you on an 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper (note: you can use front and back).
Proposals will be graded on their overall written quality (Is the prose readable? Is it relatively free from grammatical and punctuation issues? Does it offer a sense of clarity of thought? Is it concise? etc.), the depth of the preliminary research and how well it supports/warrants further inquiry, the ability to identify a platform choice as well as reasonable plan, the quality of the document design and format, and the ability to stay within the guidelines of the assignment.
The goal of this assignment is to help students identify and begin the early stages of development of the L6 Interactive Image project.
No IAC option for this assignment.