PD 1: Theoretical Analysis

Prompt

According to one or more of the authors we have read so far this semester (Cohen, Davies, Houser, and Sheldon), how do our ideas about the future shape society, technology, and/or ecology?

  • 1. For full credit your response to the prompt above must be at least 300 words long.
  • 2. Please also cite and analyze at least one passage from the theoretical text you chose and then synthesize your analysis into the larger argument you make in response to the prompt.
  • 3. All Blog Posts must be in MLA format when applicable.

Guide to writing an Academic Paragraph

Please follow along with the prompts below to produce a draft of PD1 and to also review the element/structure of an expository paragraph:
  • 1. Topic sentence(s): draft a topic sentence or two that responds to the assignment prompt: According to one or more of the authors we have read so far this semester (Cohen, Davies, Houser), how do our ideas about the future shape society, technology, and/or ecology? 
  • 2. Transition: write 2-3 couple sentences that develop your topic sentence and also set up (announce, contextualize) the citation you will include from the essay you are analyzing.
  • 3. Citation: choose a couple of sentences from Cohen, Davies, and/or Houser’s articles and then cite those sentences in your paragraph.
  • 4. Close Analysis: write 2-4 sentence “close read”/analyze the citation you included from Cohen, Davies, and/or Houser’s articles. What’s the main idea of the passage you cited & how do you know? That is, what phrases, rhetorical appeals (ethos, pathos, logos), metaphors, or structure in the passage suggests to you what you say the passage means?
  • 5. Conclusion:write 2-3 sentences that tie your analysis back into the larger goal of the paragraph. Now that you have responded to the question with your claim and developed you claim through an analysis of a passage from Cohen, Davies, and/or Houser’s articles, you need to write 2-3 more sentences that put the pieces together for your reader.

Assessment

As long as you post your response to Canvas on or before the due date, you will earn full points per document. Remember these activities are process documents that develop skills we will use in class and in the final paper. The documents also provide an opportunity for invention and revision.

PD 2: Image Annotation

Prompt

To prepare for the poster design and practice visual analysis, choose a key image or images from a movie, TV show, video game, or marketing/advertising campaign of your choice and explain how it illustrates/exemplifies what one, or more, of the authors we have read so far this semester says about the future? 

  • 1. Your response to the prompt above should be a least 150-300 words long and include 1-2 images from the contemporary text you chose.
  • 2. For full credit briefly cite the concept of the future you think the text you chose illustrates, and remember to describe the formal details of your scene, i.e. description of contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity.
  • 3. Please use MLA format

Citing Images From a Database in MLA

Citing Movies, TV Shows, and Games in MLA

Assessment

As long as you post your response to Canvas on or before the due date, you will earn full points per document. Remember these activities are process documents that develop skills we will use in class and in the final paper. The documents also provide an opportunity for invention and revision.

PD 3: Group Presentation Topic Proposal

Featured Image: Recreation of Man at the Crossroads (renamed Man, Controller of the Universe), originally created in 1934 (detail)

Prompt

In your pairs, please respond to the prompts below in a paragraph or list, and then upload the document to Canvas as .pdf or .docx file no later the 5:00 PM. Highlight each member’s contribution, and only one member of the pair needs to submit the final document.

  • 1. In 200-300 words, pick a goal/project outlined in the final pages of “H.Res.109” that you would like to develop your presentation around, and the explain what problems that goal/project aims to solve.
  • 2. In 200-300 words, imagine what the world would be like if the goal you chose was achieved or the project outlined in the “H.Res.109” had been completed.
  • 3. In 200-300 words, briefly explain/imagine how the goal/project you chose was achieved.
  • 4. Include 3-4 images you might want to use to illustrate your presentation.

Assessment

As long as you post your response to Canvas on or before the due date, you will earn full points per document. Remember these activities are process documents that develop skills we will use in class and in the final paper. The documents also provide an opportunity for invention and revision.

 

 

PD 5: Advertising Your Future

Instructions

For full credit, please complete the following and embed it into your Google doc by April, 15th at 11:59 
  • In Adobe Spark (Links to an external site.)Canva (Links to an external site.), or a design medium of your choice create a flyer advertising the future you imagine to an audience in the present. Brochure should have at least 2-4 images, the title of your future world, and give audiences some sense of what to sort of future world they could expect if they visited of moved there. Beyond the baseline criteria, layout and design are up to you.

How to Embed Images in Google Docs


 

Citing Images from a Database 

Model Brochures