Essay 1

Vis ual L iter ac y N ar rati ve

To begin our semester together, and your freshman composition, you have the opportunity to reflect on your reading and experiences thus far. You can choose to discuss time period, such as a school year, or a event in your life which has led you to the and writer you are today. You can choose to over particular experiences chronologically related and reflect on specific events. Your goal reflect on your literacy experiences and develop argument about how those experiences have into the literate person you are today.

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T he T wist Instead of crafting your argument through alphabetic text in traditional essay form, for this assignment you will use visuals. You can use your own photographs, images from magazines, or pictures from the internet. If you are using photographs I would suggest working with digital photos so you can edit and crop, as well as have access to multiple copies for revisions. If you are using original print photos I would suggest making copies of them so you will have them for revisions. If you are using images that are not your own before you document those sources (we will go over this in class). Your Visual Literacy Narrative should identify 2-4 major points in your literacy history and address the following:


The range of different literacy practices, values, and understandings you have developed


How you have developed these literacies (where, how, with who)


Your feelings about these literacies

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Developing A Thesis As with any argument you will need a strong thesis. This will require some thinking because you are working with visual text. This means you need to think about color, layout, size, and contrast to state and organize your argument. We will discuss how to develop a thesis in class.
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Cr afting y our V isual Liter ac y You can choose to present your visual literacy in any form that you wish. Feel free to be as creative as you wish. You can make a poster board collage, make a book, create a scrapbook, a movie, a slide show, or create any thing else that will present your argument. Have fun with it.

Your Visual Literacy must answer the questions above, showcase 2-4 main points, and contain at least 6 images. Remember this argument depends on your visual construction. We will discuss visual design elements in class to assist you in constructing your argument.

The Written Component As part of your literacy project you will write an explanationto go Virginia Tech along with your visual essay. Your explanation should tell why you made the rhetorical choices that you did. For instance why did you choose the colors or images that you did? Why did you arrange them as you did? Your explanation should be at least 2 typed, double spaced pages.

Audience The audience for your visual literacy narrative is your fellow 1105 peers. By sharing your literacy experiences with your fellow peers you can learn about each other and learn from each other.