26 Nov. Presentation Day, 3

Announcements

  • 1. The final drafts of the Pecha Kutcha Presentations are now due December 6 at 11:59PM. You can find help documentation on the Presentations From the Future assignment page, in the sidebar under “Presentation Resources.”
  • 2. The Final Portfolio assignment page has lots of new resources you may want to check out if you are putting your portfolio together over break

Presenters


ENGL 1102. F3 ENGL 1102.D4
Thomas Tan
Erica Bahjat
Katherine William
Madison Emily
Joanna Rohit
Arjun Hamza
Aniketh

Presenter Response Form

Instructions: Please fill out a form for every presentation.

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19 Nov. Presentations, Day 1

Presenters


ENGL 1102. F3 ENGL 1102.D4
Isabella Rachel
Carter Ethan
Courtney Joshua
Cole Chris
Maximus Vishva
Selene John M.
Sidney Dimitrios
Cooper

Presenter Response Form

Instructions: Please fill out a form for every presentation.

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14 Nov. Presentation W/S

Pecha Kutcha Tip Video

 

Consider the following as we watch the help video:
According to the video, or your own understanding, what characterizes a successful presentation?

Presentation Peer Review

Get into groups of 3, take 5 minutes each to share your draft with your group, and then discuss the following for each presentation:
  • 1. How do your peers’ presentation illustrate what life is like now that the goal/project they chose from “H.R.109” has been accomplished?
  • 2. How do your peers’ presentations describe the aims or scope of the goal/project you chose and the problems that the implementation of that goal/project solved?
  • 3. How do your peers’ presentation list the steps taken to complete the project and/or reach the aims of the goal you chose?
  • 4. How do your peers’ presentations analyze the potential that your goal/project has for development/revision going forward

12 Nov. hooks & Script Drafting

Featured Image: “Dismantling the Stream Protection Rule Endangers National Park Waterways.”

Close Analysis. bell hooks, Belonging: A Culture of Place

Get into small groups and complete the following for each of the three passages listed below:

 

  • 1. Briefly explain the overall goal of the passage
  • 2. List one major rhetorical feature in the passage you chose, and explain how it helps to convey the theme of the passage
  • 3. How does hooks use the past to envision sustainable futures?
  • Passage 1: “All my childhood and into my first year of being grown up and living away from family, Baba lived secure in a two-story wood frame house that was her sanctuary on this earth, her homeplace. She did not drive. No need to drive if you want your place on earth to be a world you can encompass walking. There were other folks like her in the world of my growing up, folks who preferred their feet waking solidly on the earth to being behind the wheel of an automobile. In childhood we were fascinated by the walkers, by the swinging arms and wide strides they made to swiftly move forward, covering miles in a day but always walking a known terrain, leaving, always coming back to the known reality, walking with clear intent—the will to remain rooted to familiar ground and the certainty of knowing one’s place” (2).
  • Passage 2: “This is the way I imagine ‘the end’: I close my eyes and see hands holding a Chinese red lacquer bowl, walking to the top of the Kentucky hill I call my own, scattering my remains as though they are seeds and not ash, a burnt offering on solid ground vulnerable to the wind and rain—all that is left of my body gone, being shifted, passed away, moving forward on and into eternity. I imagine this farewell scene and it solaces me; Kentucky hills were where my life began. They represent the place of promise and possibility and the location of all my terrors, the monsters that follow me and haunt my dreams” (6).
  • Passage 3: “In our home we were surrounded by hills. Only the front windows of our house looked out on the solitary road constructed for the men seeking to find oil, all other windows faced hills. In our childhood, the rarely traveled road held no interest. The hills in the back of our house were the place of magic and possibility, a lush green frontier, where nothing man made could run us down, where we could freely seek adventure” (7).

Collaborative Drafting

Stay in your groups, and take 10-15 minutes to discuss the following:
  • 1. What are your presentation topics, major images, and organizational strategies? What works and why?
  • 2. How do your presentations compliment each others’?

Script Drafting

Create double column script by combining the written response with the images you have started to collect:
  • 1. In double column scripting the image goes on the left and the copy goes on the right as in this example script
  • 2. You can make your script in a tool of your choice, but both Google docs and word have table making options. Alternatively, you can draft these script right in Google Slides OR Power Point
  • 3. As you compile the script, think about how the images and copy fit together to communicate your claim or goal. That is, what sort of structure best fits the story you want to tell in your presentation? What sorts of opening and closing images best grab audiences attention? When moving from slide to slide, also consider how you might use contrast and echoes to help audiences better understand the goal of your presentation.

7 Nov. Clark & Presentation Drafting

Featured Image: Ms. Jones, from California, “Our (Almost Traditional) Thanksgiving”

Clark, “Nature, Post-Nature”


Please get into small groups and discuss the following. Be prepared to discuss your findings:
  • 1. According to Clark and/or the trailer from Anthropocene: The Human Epoch why is the language we have inherited to describe the current environmental crisis is “fragile” (Clark 75) or insufficient?
  • 2. What’s the relationship between nature and politics according to Clark and/or the movie trailer? (76)? 
  • 3. What is the Anthropocene? According to Clark and/or the movie trailer, what makes the Anthropocene so hard to represent?

Freewrite

Take 8 or so minutes and respond to the following without stopping:
Develop your presentation topic, i.e. achieving a Green New Deal goal/project choice, through the ideas of one or more of the three authors we have read so far this unit: Carson, Sheldon, or Clark. For example, how does Clark’s defintion of Anthropocene help you to represent cultural consequences of clean energy? How might Rachel Carson’s expressions of integrated ecology help develop claims about ways increased access to education can decrease carbon emissions?

Research: Authoritative Sources

  • 1. What makes a source “authoritative”?
  • 2. Where can I find authoritative sources? Gatech Library

Script Drafting

Create double column script by combining the written response with the images you have started to collect:
  • 1. In double column scripting the image goes on the left and the copy goes on the right as in this example script
  • 2. You can make your script in a tool of your choice, but both Google docs and word have table making options. Alternatively, you can draft these script right in Google Slides OR Power Point
  • 3. As you compile the script, think about how the images and copy fit together to communicate your claim or goal. That is, what sort of structure best fits the story you want to tell in your presentation? What sorts of opening and closing images best grab audiences attention? When moving from slide to slide, also consider how you might use contrast and echoes to help audiences better understand the goal of your presentation.

Collaborative Drafting

Time permitting, let’s get into groups and spend the remainder of class discussion the following:
  • 1. What are your presentation topics, major images, and organizational strategies? What works and why?
  • 2. How do your presentations compliment each others’?

5 Nov. Sheldon & Pecha Kutcha Drafting

Featured Image: San Francisco Youth Climate March, 2019

Please Help the World & Sheldon, “Future”


After we watch Please Help the World, we’ll work through the following:
  • 1. take five and respond to the following: What is the goal of Please Help the World and what list three visual, verbal, audio rhetorical figures the video uses to achieve its goal?
  • 2. According to Sheldon, what is the relationship between the figure of the child and the future of the earth? What are the advantages/disadvantages to figuring the future in terms of the child? So what?
  • 3. How does Sheldon’s response to Please Help the World and/or her theory of reproductive futurism compare to one of the following contemporary responses to environmental degradation of your choice: Greta Thunberg, Sunrise Movement, or School Strike for Climate?

Presentation Design I. Image Search/Collection

You are free to work through the following on your own or in pairs/small groups:
  • 1. Now that you have begun to develop your topic, and we have spent time thinking about ways environmental discourse represents, i.e. figures, the future for a present afflicted by environmental degradation, spend 10 or so minutes compiling images that illustrate the topic you chose to present. 
  • 2. Be prepared to share the images you collected with the class

Presentation Design II. Image Search/Collection

Now that you have collected some images, we’ll work through the following:
  • 1. Let’s briefly review the Presentations from the Future Assignment.
  • 2. Given the assignment requirements, tak 5 or so minutes or so and draw the way you imagine you might organize your presentations: remember, you get 20 slides, so how will you portion those slides out as your respond to the prompt?  
  • 3. Finally, you may want to consider the following: how much or little text should you have per slide, how can you use repetition to communicate your goals, how can you use the transition from slide to slide to direct audience attention, and how can you thread authoritative sources through the presentation to develop the topic and your own credibility?  

29 Oct. Silent Spring

Featured Image: An airplane spraying DDT over Baker County, Oregon as part of a spruce budworm control project, 1955

Part I. Silent Spring

We are going to watch the short video clip, and then you can take 5 or so minutes to review the questions below before we respond to them in discussion:
  • 1. How did post WWII/Cold War rhetoric shape human relationships to the natural world? How does that rhetoric continue to shape the language we use to describe or represent the relationship between humans and the natural world?
  • 2. What are the main rhetorical features of the first chapter of Silent Spring?
  • 3. Compare the ways Carson imagines the future in the first chapter to the ways she imagines the future in the second chapter?
  • 4. According to Carson, why have “we fallen into a mesmerized state that makes us accept as inevitable that which is inferior or detrimental, as though having lost the will or the vision to demand what is good” (12)?

 

Part III. Green New Deal, Aims & Obstacles

Please take 10 or so minutes to response to the following:
  • 1. Choose from one of the following goals/projects the Green New Deal aims to achieve in 10 years. 
  • 2. What are the underlying causes of the problem the goal you chose aims to solve?
  • 3. What will life be like when the goal/problem you chose is solved?

24 Oct. Green New Deal & Presentations

Featured Image: Muir Glacier Before and After, NASA: Global Climate Change

Intro: Green New Deal & Presentations

Keep the following in mind as we watch Doyle Canning’ TEDx talk on the Green New Deal:

  • 1. What’s the overall goal of Canning’s talk?
  • 2. What are the major rhetorical features of her talk, i.e. what sorts of key terms or phrases does she use to frame her description?
  • 3. How does she use images in her talk, i.e what images stood out to you? How does she use the images to surprise the audience, inform them, provide context, etc.?

H.Res. 109

Let’s take a few minutes and work through the following together:
  • 1.What are the major findings of the IPCC, “Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 C,” report from Nov 2018? What does the IPCC report recommend?
  • 2. According to the resolution, what crises are interrelated to environmental degradation the US facing?
  • 3. What specific goals and/or projects does the Resolution call for in response to the interrelated threats?

A Message from the Future

Keep the following in mind as we watch the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Naomi Klein’s video from The Intercept:
  • 1. What goals or projects does the video imagine have been achieved?
  • 2. What verbal and/or visual rhetorical techniques does the video use to communicate both from the future and its other aims?

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