20 June. Arks & Apocalypse

Recap

  • 1. We have a new classroom!!! Swan 115
  • 2. Does anyone have any questions from last class?

Part I. Discussion: Cohen, “Noah’s Arkive.”

At the end of the essay’s first paragraph, Jeffrey Cohen explains that when we imagine the future, “We cannot not think in catastrophic terms.” Then he asks, “But as we brace for denouement in storm and tempest, what does our apocalyptic imagination unveil about the limits of our environmental frames, the limits of the stories that we tell?”

To answer the initial question he raises, we will explore some of the popular media Cohen references/analyzes in his essay.

Please get into four groups and complete the activity assigned to your group below:

  • Group One:Please watch the clip from the end of Intersteller below. Once you have watched the clip describe/summarize what is going on, and then explain how the movie illustrates both the potentials and limits of apocalyptic thinking and/or the stories we tell about the future.

  • Group Two: Please spend a few minutes analyzing the image below (from Robert Graves and Didier Madoc-Jones, “Postcards from the Future” series). Once you have discussed the image describe what you see, and then explain how the image illustrates both the potentials and limits of apocalyptic thinking and/or the stories we tell about the future.

  • Group 3: Please watch the clip from the below from Saddleback Kids. Once you have watched the clip describe/summarize what is going on, and then explain how the movie illustrates both the potentials and limits of apocalyptic thinking and/or the stories we tell about the future.
  • Group Four: Please spend a few minutes analyzing the image below (image from a fifteenth century manuscript). Once you have discussed the image describe what you see, and then explain how the image both the potentials and limits of apocalyptic thinking and/or the stories we tell about the future.

  • Before moving on, how do you think Cohen would respond to Ahmed’s article for Vice that we read yesterday?

Part II. PD1: Theoretical Analysis Draft & Elements of Writing

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 (Ahmed & Cohen), what sorts of futures do we imagine for ourself and how do those futures help/harm us in the present? 
  • 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 either Ahmed or Cohen’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 either Ahmed or Cohen’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 either Ahmed or Cohen’s articles, you need to write 2-3 more sentences that put the pieces together for your reader.

Part III. Poster Assignment Overview

Before we move to the poster invention activity, has anyone every done a poster session before? This video gives you an example of what you can expect.

 

 

In order to get started creating our poster, lets work on the following:
  • 1. Reread the Poster Assignment page
  • 2. Take 5 minutes and make a short list of movies, tv shows, or video games you think show ways ideas about the future shape social interaction, technological development, and/or environmental relationships.
  • 3. Take 5-10 minutes and choose movie, show, or video game from the list you generated and then think how the future in the text you choose confirms or contradicts what Cohen or Ahmed say about in their essays.
  • 4. Be prepared to share your findings with the class. 

 

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