A Hypertext Resource for Literature
Word and Image
Sunday, August 23
First pre-semester meeting, 1:00
We will introduce ourselves, go over some information for registration, and discuss course planning in terms of majors, concentrations, spikes, and bumps. We will also discuss content- and process-related goals for our class time.
Monday, August 24 Note that these first few days are not normal course meetings. The first regular meeting is Thursday morning. For today, three short readings to set the stage for course selection:
I know your schedules are tight between our first meeting on Sunday and our advising meetings on Monday . Make some time for these readings; use them (with direct quotations or specific references as appropriate) to create some kind of visual representation of classes you are interested in taking during your first semester.
I mean this assignment to be serious but flexible. On one sheet of paper, create some combination of words and visual elements that shows me the three main courses you're thinking of taking, some backup courses, and something about the reasons for your choices. I am not asking you to create gallery-quality art but rather any useful way of helping yourself think about your course choices in light of the readings. (At least one of the readings should appear directly on your sheet, in whatever way you find useful.)
AFTER you do this assignment, use it as a starting point for creating your draft of a preregistration card for our advising meeting. Bring your assignment and your card to your first advising meeting.
Monday and Tuesday, August 24 and 25
Advising meetings! Your time is on the schedule I handed out Sunday. My office is Mears 313.
PREREGISTRATION CARDS DUE TO THE REGISTRAR BY 3:45 ON TUESDAY
Wednesday, August 26 Post-registration course adjustments in the Harris Center for those who need them, 3:00.
Thursday, August 27
This is the first regular meeting of the course. We will go over course assignments and policies, acquaint you with the Baggie of Destiny, and do our first "pointing" exercise.
Before today's class, write a paragraph introducing yourself to the class. (This will not only create a record of your introductions but also show that everyone is OK using the Pioneer Web discussion boards.) First, write your paragraph in a word processor, so you don't lose it if something goes wrong with Pioneer Web. To share your paragraph, go to Pioneer Web, select our course, select "Discussion Boards," click on the "Introductory Paragraphs" forum, click "Create Thread," enter a subject line, and paste your paragraph.
Tuesday, September 1
Read the assigned parts of You Are Here and come to class ready to participate in two conversations: 1. a pointing exercise as described in Writing Analytically and 2. a discussion of sentences you think work especially well and why you like them.
Thursday, September 4
Note: here and throughout this syllabus, when there are two kinds of readings for a given day, the first (less indented) list of readings is required, while the second (more indented) list of readings is supplemental and optional. Here, for example, the first three items are required readings, but the article on recent events is optional.
To prepare for today's class, in addition to reading You Are Here and coming to class ready for pointing and discussion, create a simple Google map for yourself and add a couple of locations to it. If you want another (optional) mapping challenge, you might also try embedding photos or videos to a map. In class, we will decide on a collective mapping project for Tuesday.
Tuesday, September 8
You will work on our collective map for today. We will determine the assignment together during the previous Thursday's class period.
Thursday, September 10
We will work on using quoted evidence in our writing today. Come to class ready to use selections you have chosen from Ways of Seeing that you want to use as evidence by linking them to some visual object. The visual object can be in nature, in a text, on the Internet--whatever you like. Just be ready to talk about it in relation to your chosen passages from Ways of Seeing.
Tuesday, September 15
This chapter of Writing Analytically will be central to our experience of reading and writing for the rest of the semester. Read it carefully and come to class ready to apply The Method in a group exercise.
Thursday, September 17
We will spend the first half of today's class working on citation and academic honesty. During the second half, we will do an exercise about thesis construction and evaluation. Bring to class one idea for a thesis for a short essay linking our classroom, the New Yorker cover, or another visual object to one of the readings we have done so far. This is a low-pressure assignment; you will talk about your draft thesis with your classmates as a way to start thinking about the paper due on Monday.
Monday, September 21
FIRST PAPER DUE BY 2:00 IN THE AFTERNOON.
Tuesday, September 22
In class today, we will do an introductory exercise on creating presentation slides in multiple styles, following Bryan Alexander's points in his essay.
Thursday, September 24
These are the rules for the presentation:
Tuesday, September 29
Short presentations! Come to class ready to give your presentation. Professor Simpson will be the Keeper of Time.
Thursday, October 1
Your assignment today is to create a representation of your assignment schedule for the rest of the semester. Go to each of your course schedules, see when the regular and major assignments are due, and create some way of understanding how they fit together. You can use a planner or online calendar if those work well for you, or you can create a drawing or other visualization of the semester. Nobody will read or grade this work, but it is required, and I ask you to take it seriously. We may use some class time to discuss the choices you made about how to complete the assigment.
In class today, we will talk about excellent slides from Tuesday's presentation and why they worked well.
Tuesday, October 6
In class today, you will apply Rhode's methods of graphical note-taking to two podcasts about emoji that we will listen to in class. You will need to do the reading well so that we are ready to use it in class.
Thursday, October 8
In class today, we will talk about the two readings, and you will try to take real-time graphical notes on them. Prepare for the session by creating a structure for your notes based on the reading you do; when you take notes in class, you will add to the graphical notes you created in advance.
Friday, October 9th
FIRST PAPER REVISION DUE BY 2:00 IN THE AFTERNOON.
Tuesday, October 13
Come to class ready to share a bad meme that you have created. You are welcome to use any meme generator (such as this one) or to create your own meme out of image and text in Photoshop, PowerPoint, or other software. In class, we will talk about how we learn about a subject through negation and parody.
(Hat tip for this assignment to Mark Sample.)
Thursday, October 15
In today's class, we will celebrate excellent sentences from your first papers. Rather than doing an assignment for the day, you will have a midsemester conference with me.
Note: after break, we'll be reading Understanding Comics and Fun Home. The reading load will be a little heavier than usual. You may (but are not required to) get a head start over break.
Tuesday, October 27
Come to class ready to discuss the readings from McCloud and apply them to a text.
Thursday, October 29
We will build on Tuesday's conversation by using McCloud's work as a frame for looking at the beginning of Fun Home.
Tuesday, November 3
Group 1: Bring to class a one-page piece of graphical note-taking that illustrates some way you are thinking about a connection between Understanding Comics and this section of Fun Home.
Thursday, November 5
Group 2: Bring to class a one-page piece of graphical note-taking that illustrates some way you are thinking about a connection between Understanding Comics and this section of Fun Home.
Tuesday, November 10
Group 3: Bring to class a one-page piece of graphical note-taking that illustrates some way you are thinking about a connection between Understanding Comics and this section of Fist Stick Knife Gun.
Thursday, November 12
By 9:00 the night before class, post to our Pioneer Web discussion board a paragraph describing the relationship you perceive between the text and image in any one of the assigned poems.Tuesday, November 17
By 9:00 the night before class, post to our Pioneer Web discussion board a paragraph describing the relationship you perceive between the text and image in any one of the assigned poems.
Thursday, November 19
By 9:00 the night before class, post to our Pioneer Web discussion board a paragraph describing the relationship you perceive between the text and image in any part of the assigned readings.
Monday, November 23
SECOND PAPER DUE BY 2:00 IN THE AFTERNOON.
Tuesday, November 24
Since you have just turned in papers, we will take a break from class assignments today. Come to class ready to concentrate on a discussion of time, values, and college life.
Tuesday, December 1
Bring a copy of your second paper to class. You will do some work marking up the paper and share some of your thinking in a workshop format.
Thursday, December 3
REVISION OF SECOND PAPER DUE AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS.
In class today, we will have a workshop session that begins to move us in the direction of the final presentation. These presentations will invite you to do a research-based presentation that extends our class conversations about Word and Image to some new topic. You might present about another poet or artist who combines words and images, for instance. You could investigate another digital medium, such as Pinterest or Instagram. You could examine the comics of another era or culture. The presentations can also come from group projects if class members' interests overlap. Come to class with a few preliminary ideas to get you started.
Tuesday, December 8
Bring to class a plan for your final presentation. This plan should include two sections. The first will be a description of the content of your presentation that draws on The Method. In other words, what interesting pattern do you want to share with your audience, and what breaks in the pattern will give the presentation depth and complexity? The second section will be a description of your approach to the presentation itself. Drawing on Bryan Alexander's post and our previous discussions, articulate a strategy for creating a great experience for your audience.
Thursday, December 10
Today will be a workshop session as you prepare slides and other materials for the final presentations.
Thursday, December 17
FINAL PRESENTATIONS FROM 2:00 to 5:00 P.M.