Web Genres In-Class Assignment
We've read a lot of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction narratives in this class, especially ones focused on our course themes of humor, sex and courtship, nature and science, and race and social justice. This week, you'll bring your laptops to class (if you want to) and will be working in groups to find examples of new forms of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. These could include the following:
This exercise counts as much as a quiz, with a 10/10 awarded for a serious effort.
Directions: This is a two-day assignment.
Day 1. On the first day, you'll work with your group to identify some sites and works that you think would qualify. Ideally, you'll find more than one work that you can discuss. Think about these questions:
Day 2. On the second day, you'll spend some time with your group consolidating what you have learned and putting together your presentation. You can add the links you'll discuss to your own page on the wiki. We'll spend the last 45 minutes of Day 2 on your presentations.
Our wiki is here: http://english210.pbworks.com. You should have received an invitation by email already; please log in and try leaving a message there.
Where can I start?
The only limits to this assignment are what you can find on the web. You can look at literary sites, humor, game narratives, blogs, graphic novels/comics, fan fiction, storytelling sites, or whatever else you think would be useful. As mentioned the other day in class, the only limitations are that what you present can't be illegal, crude, or cruel to an individual or a group.
Here are some possibilities, but please feel free to find your own. There are traditional magazines we've discussed (The New Yorker, for example) in their electronic versions here, too. Please don't limit yourself to these choices; these are just some examples.