On a daily basis we encounter visual argumentsfrom "buy this product" to "believe this ideological position." While we have a lot of experience at reading visual arguments, this assignment gives you the opportunity to produce a visual argument.
Choose an argument that you want to make; consider...
If you are having problems finding an argument, consult the instructor.
Once you have decided upon an argument, pre-write by making several sketches of what you want the argument to look like. Thinks about the various components you want to display:
Also consider how you will arrange the components: Continually ask yourself, "How does placing X component here change the meaning?"
Figure out how you will "gather" the components. Most components will be available in the image editing programs, but you may have to search for specific pictures (e.g., Google images, Yahoo images, Corbis) or scan the picture yourself.
Once you have gathered the components, compose the text. As you compose the text use a recursive process and consider revisions.
After you have composed the visual argument develop a 250-350 word (single spaced) verbal explanation of the text. You will want to explain...
Submit the hard copies of the 1) visual argument (color printed if color is used), 2) the final rough sketch, and 3) the explanation to the instructor at the beginning of class on October 24, 2005
In addition to the general evaluation criteria, the instructor will be looking for evidence of...