The Poster Project is worth 15% of your total grade:
In your Posters you will use a contemporary visual media text of your choice to illustrate a key concept you drawn from one or more of our assigned theoretical readings (Cohen, Nixon, and/or hooks). In addition to your poster, you will write an approx.400-800 word “Pitch,” where you argue how the media you selected illustrates the concept you chose.
Upon completion of the poster and “Pitch,” students should be able to:
- 1. Identify and explicate the central claims/concepts of theoretical prose
- 2. Illustrate the central claims/concepts of theoretical prose in a poster and poster session
- 3. Persuade an audience of their peers of the efficacy of their argument via situationally effective visual and verbal rhetoric
- 4. Respond to a rhetorical situation through process: invention, drafting, peer review, and revision
Poster Project Checklist
Successful Posters will complete the following:
- 1. Prompt: How can you use a contemporary visual media text of your choice to illustrate a key concept drawn from one or more of our assigned theoretical readings (Cohen, Nixon, and hooks).
- 2. Audience: Establish a clear pattern for reading through the following: a title, headings/subheadings, lines, colors, patterns, effective text image ratio, negative space, consistency, transitions, and repetition of visual theme.
- 3. Specs: design in a tool of your choice and uploaded to Canvas as .png or .jpeg with a Works Cited
- 4. Poster “Pitch”: approx. 400-800 word statement in which you explain why the media you chose illustrates the concept you drew out from the reading. May also want to answer the question, “so what?” That is, what does reading these two (or more) text together reveal that I didn’t know before? OR/AND What does thinking these concept in multiple media/modes do that a single mode cannot?
Compose your Poster in the design software of your choice OR you may also create your poster through collage. The following are some tool suggestions:
- Google Slides, Photoshop, or Power Point
- Visme: lets you create block by block, either template or blank; animation function; more options for uploading video/audio; and full range of export options.
- Pktochart: freehand or lots of free template design options; best map builder of the three tools; lots of shapes, illustrations, etc.; export function limited.
- Canva: most work done from inside the main window; lots of shapes, boarders, illustrations, etc.; good support; templates are a bit blah; and no rich media export options.
The Poster is worth 15% of your total grade and will be assessed according to the final criteria adapted from the Common Feedback Chart:
- 1. Rhetorical Awareness: Does the Poster & Pitch address writing the situation (and assignment) completely and/or with unexpected insight?(20%)
- 2. Stance: Does the Poster use a contemporary visual media text of your choice to illustrate a key concept drawn from one or more of our assigned theoretical readings? Does the Pitch accurately articulate the central claim/thesis of the poster? (20%)
- 3.Development of Ideas: Does the author develop his/her claim by accurately explicating the key concept and development issue visually and verbally? (20%)
- 4. Organization: Does the author establish a clear pattern for reading through proximity, alignment, repetition, color, lines, etc.? Is the Pitch organized around response to the prompt?(20%)
- 5. Design for Medium: Does the Rendering use the affordances of its mode to enhance the goal/content? For example, does the author foreground visual iconography and proximity over chunks of text? (10%)
- 6. Process: Does the final draft demonstrate planning and revision? (5%)
- 7. Conventions: Do the Poster & Pitch meet grammar, mechanics style, and syntax conventions with few or no errors? (5%)