10 Jan. Our Futures.

Featured Image: Blade Runner 2049

Housekeeping

  • 1. Any problems accessing any of the class sites?
  • 2. Any newly admitted students with questions?

First Week Video W/S, Part I

A. Sample First Week Video

B. Sample First Week Video

After we review the First Week Video Assignment and watch a couple of sample videos, we are going to respond to the following as a class:
  • 1. What portion of the student’s verbal argument was most successful and why?
  • 2. What portion of the student’s visual/electronic argument was most successful and why?
  • 3. Given what you learned from your experience last semester, what do you want to do differently in your video this semester OR for those of you who have made one video already, what advice would you give to students who have not made one yet?

First Week Video Workshop, Part II

Get out the draft of your video script, read over it, and take 6-7 minutes to answer the following:
  • 1. What mode/assignment do you anticipate proving most challenging?
  • 2. WHY, i.e. what example from your past supports the expectations you articulate above?
  • 3. How do you plan to overcome the challenge you anticipate facing?

First Week Video Workshop, Part III

Get into groups based on the mode you plan to discuss in your video and discuss your response to the following:
  • How will you use the affordances of video as a mode (i.e., foreground/background, framing subjects, shot size/location, alignment, lighting, sound, animation, titles, etc.) to reinforce the goals of the argument?

Why Do All Our Futures, Have No Future?

Let’s just chat about these questions as a group:

  • 1. How does Lapore define Utopia and Dystopia? How do these genres/practices of conceptualization conceive of the past, present, and future?
  • 2. According to Lapore how does dystopian fiction respond to the present conditions in which is written? More specifically, to what “present-day dilemma[s]” does Lapore argue newly published dystopian novels respond (5)?
  • 2. Near the end of her essay, Lapore argues, “This move [i.e., turning dreams to nightmares] isn’t new or  daring; it is, instead, very old. The question is whether it is all used up” (6). What are some examples of old utopias/dystopias? 
  • 3.Given that these forms of conceptualizing the world are really old, do you agree that they are “all used up” (6)? If yes, should we abandon them? If not, why not?
  • 4.What are some examples of your favorite recently released movies, TV shows, or games set in the future? Does Lapore’s account describe the text you cite?

8 Jan. Welcome!

Introductions

Welcome to ENGL 1102, Back to the Future. Before we discuss the class, let’s chat about these questions: When you think of “the future” what do you imagine? How does out idea of the future shape the choices we make now?

Course Overview

Follow along as I review the following information all contained on the course site. After the review has concluded you will have time to complete the Student Instructor Agreement Form.

Class Activity: Shared Futures

Please complete the following & be prepared to share with the class:
  • 1. Freewrite: take five minutes and respond to the following without stopping:

    What is your major and/or the volunteer or extra curricular work to which you contribute a good portion of your time?

    How does your discipline (i.e. major field) and/or extra curricular work shape the way you think about the future in both the short and long term?

    What ideas of the future does your discipline hold and how does that idea of the future shape the do the choices you make in your present?

  • 2. Once you have written completed your freewrite, find a partner, WHO YOU DO NOT KNOW, introduce yourselves, and discuss your responses to the questions.  Where your answers overlap? Where do they differ?
  • 3. Once you have finished working in your pairs, please find another pair to work with. Once in your bigger groups, please introduce yourselves, and compare your answers. Once you have finished comparing, write your favorite answers to the questions above on the board

First Week Video

A. Sample First Week Video

B. Sample First Week Video

After we review the First Week Video Assignment and watch a couple of sample videos, we are going to respond to the following as a class:
  • 1. What portion of the student’s verbal argument was most successful and why?
  • 2. What visual of the student’s visual/electronic argument was most successful and why?
  • 3. Given what you learned from your experience last semester, what do you want to do differently in your video this semester OR for those of you who have made one video already, what advice would you give to students who have not made one yet?