You will complete a digital curation project using either Microsoft PowerPoint or Microsoft Sway. Both programs are available free to you through your O365 account with Jefferson State. You will be tasked with compiling a multimedia gallery for the topic you choose from the class reading list. The goal of this assignment is to create a detailed understanding of your topic that allows you to think deeply about the significance of a theme as seen through the literature we have read this semester and through cultural events/media today and how these works influence American society. Through your research and creative output, my hope is that you will take on the roles of critics and authors and engage in the literature we have been studying and apply it to pop culture around and important to you.
The approach to this project will be the Extended Cultural Legacy Approach: You will discuss the legacy of a theme as evidenced in a work of literature, popular media and current events. You will create an expansive set up that traces the development of a theme of your choice within American culture today. This theme will be applied to one work from our reading list, plus a song, movie, or TV show, and an event from current culture. You will need to define the qualities of the theme that creates its legacy and apply this standard to the examples illustrated.
I would suggest organizing your project in the following manner:
Note that your look at this theme within the works/event is also looking at the overall significance these works/events have to American culture.
Adapted from Jamie King’s adaptation from:
Page, Jennifer. “Digital Tools, New Media, and the Literature Survey.” Teaching the Literature Survey Course: New Strategies for College Faculty, edited by Gwynn Dujardin, James M. Lang, and John A. Staunton, West Virginia University Press, 2018, pp. 133-149.
The proposal will detail the choices you are making with the project: the thematic focus, the literary piece, the song/movie/TV show, the current event, and the larger connection to the theme among the pieces, etc. In popular culture terms, this is the “blurb” that describes your project for your reader/audience. This stage of the project provides you instructor feedback and assistance before you start curating digital media. You will receive feedback on the appropriateness of your topic, whether the scale of the project is workable, and other practical matters.
You may structure the proposal as a memo with headings and bullets. Be sure to include the following information:
Finding and Evaluating Sources
One way to think of this project is like a traditional research paper that will be presented in a multimedia format. Since this is a research project, you must conduct research on the texts you are using. You will be combining evidence from primary sources and secondary sources to support your ideas. The primary sources will be the text you choose from our readings, plus a pop culture song/movie/tv show, and a current event or issue. The secondary sources will be the articles or essays you find written about those primary sources.
To find secondary sources, you will look in the following places: