Due Sunday July 17 and July 24 by 11pm
During the first two weeks of the July seminar, students will have two short close reading reflections due on Sunday night, July 17 and Sunday night, July 24, posted at their personal websites by 11pm. These two close reading reflections (about 500 words or 2-3 pages single spaced) will summarize and analyze one of the featured texts from that previous week’s daily reading schedule.
- Students get to pick their subjects but they can feel free to consult with any staff for help in choosing. It’s best to pick a single document even from days where there were multiple documents.
All reflections should be posted at the student’s personal WordPress site with a selection of 2-3 images (properly credited and captioned) and with one short, embedded video or audio file (podcast) that attempts to bring to life a short snippet (20 to 60 seconds) from the assigned text.
- Images should generally come from Internet-research; remember to download JPGs or PNGs to your desktop and then upload them to WordPress. Also, feel free to use the custom link section inside the edit box to make your image clickable to its source. Captions should generally be 2 or 3 words. Captions should be in parentheses and just indicate the original institutional or organizational source of the image).
- For the first reflection (due July 17), please consider just taking a voice file of yourself reading a snippet from the text and then posting that on your page as a MEDIA FILE. Keep it short. For your second reflection, you may consider building a short video or a more advanced podcast-style audio file (using the WeVideo platform or another alternative).
These assignments will be graded on the basis of prose quality, analysis, and multi-media effort.
- Try to remember a few best practices that we’ve discussed in class, such as relying on PAST TENSE to describe both the historical figures and the statements from the texts to help situate them in their context. Also, remember not to turn these close reading reflections into mini-research papers, but rely instead on your own reasoning, connections to other texts from our curriculum, and, where relevant, some of the further reading material. When you use other texts or further reading materials, make sure to link to them. Also, somewhere up front, please make sure to link the main text under consideration. You do not need footnotes for these close readings.
Models for these reflections will be available from the work of the undergraduate tutors. Here are three good examples, one from each tutor, that just employ voice files or podcasts to supplement the text analysis:
Late reflections will be penalized up to 5 points each day.