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Radical Revision Assignment Sheet

Radical Revision Assignment Sheet

For this mini-project you will radically revise your previous personal literacy
narrative. You will take your earlier essay and revise it in a different genre or
medium that maintains your central focus or purpose/message. For example
if you wrote about musical literacy, you might radically revise that essay into
a song or a video of you performing the song. Other examples might be
taking your essay and writing a skit, a mini-graphic novel, a photo essay, a
painting, a Buzzfeed style list, a how-to, or any other genre that is interesting
to you. These are just a few of many examples to get you thinking about your
own radical revision. You will post these on your blog, so have some way to
digitize the text at some point (take a picture of it, scan it, etc.).

For this mini-project you will radically revise your previous personal literacy
narrative. You will take your earlier essay and revise it in a different genre or
medium that maintains your central focus or purpose/message. For example
if you wrote about musical literacy, you might radically revise that essay into
a song or a video of you performing the song. Other examples might be
taking your essay and writing a skit, a mini-graphic novel, a photo essay, a
painting, a Buzzfeed style list, a how-to, or any other genre that is interesting
to you. These are just a few of many examples to get you thinking about your
own radical revision. You will post these on your blog, so have some way to
digitize the text at some point (take a picture of it, scan it, etc.).

This project will include a few components:


Re-vising (re-seeing) your original essay and what you might want to
continue to work with from that piece
Genre exploring figuring out what you know about that genre and
what it allows you to do
Drafting and a quick workshop in class
Documentation of what you chose to do and how you went about it
A process narrative in which you recount what you chose to do, why,
how it worked, what you learned, and how composing in one genre
or medium was different from composing in another (included in
your mid-term).
Your piece must contain some text, so if you choose to do a painting
consider what text would accompany the painting at a gallery.

This project will include a few components:


Re-vising (re-seeing) your original essay and what you might want to
continue to work with from that piece
Genre exploring figuring out what you know about that genre and
what it allows you to do
Drafting and a quick workshop in class
Documentation of what you chose to do and how you went about it
A process narrative in which you recount what you chose to do, why,
how it worked, what you learned, and how composing in one genre
or medium was different from composing in another (included in
your mid-term).
Your piece must contain some text, so if you choose to do a painting
consider what text would accompany the painting at a gallery.

Grading:
The product (text) of your radical revision is graded as TWO blog posts and
will be published to your blog for submission.

Grading:
The product (text) of your radical revision is graded as TWO blog posts and
will be published to your blog for submission.

The documentation and reflection of your revision process will become Part
1 of your mid-term, which counts as TWO participation grades. You are
encouraged to take pictures or screen captures of your work in various stages
to aid you in this mid-term component.

The documentation and reflection of your revision process will become Part
1 of your mid-term, which counts as TWO participation grades. You are
encouraged to take pictures or screen captures of your work in various stages
to aid you in this mid-term component.

Most importantly, this project is exploratory. I encourage you to work in


a genre that pushes you out of your comfort zone. We are not working
towards perfection; we are exploring how writing in various genres
affects what we do, say, and think. Link to more genre examples:
http://writing.colostate.edu/gallery/multigenre/genrelist.html

Most importantly, this project is exploratory. I encourage you to work in


a genre that pushes you out of your comfort zone. We are not working
towards perfection; we are exploring how writing in various genres
affects what we do, say, and think. Link to more genre examples:
http://writing.colostate.edu/gallery/multigenre/genrelist.html

Multi-Genre Remix Journal Entry

Multi-Genre Remix Journal Entry

What is it?

What is it?

Responding to or remixing a text through a variety of narrative genres rather than


through expository (description/discussion) language.

Responding to or remixing a text through a variety of narrative genres rather than


through expository (description/discussion) language.

Why multi-genre?

Why multi-genre?

Genres of narrative thinking require writers to be concrete and precise. They cant
just tell in abstract language. They cant just be paradigmatic (typical). They must
show. They must make their topics palpable. They must penetrate. Using a multigenre approach forces the writer to consider the nature of and the emotions behind
the material [he, she, ze] is reporting.

Genres of narrative thinking require writers to be concrete and precise. They cant
just tell in abstract language. They cant just be paradigmatic (typical). They must
show. They must make their topics palpable. They must penetrate. Using a multigenre approach forces the writer to consider the nature of and the emotions behind
the material [he, she, ze] is reporting.

Your Mission

Your Mission

1. Pick a moment/topic or two from your essay. Major concepts are certainly
acceptable, but some of the smaller ideas may be more interesting. Jot down a few
notes about those moments/ideas/concepts. Think about the meanings you attach to
these moments/ideas.

1. Pick a moment/topic or two from your essay. Major concepts are certainly
acceptable, but some of the smaller ideas may be more interesting. Jot down a few
notes about those moments/ideas/concepts. Think about the meanings you attach to
these moments/ideas.

2. Choose two of the following to try to SHOW us these moment/ideas/concepts and


the meanings you attach to them.

2. Choose two of the following to try to SHOW us these moment/ideas/concepts and


the meanings you attach to them.

A free verse poem


A poem in the characters voice
A monologue
A newspaper article
A wanted ad
A rsum
A collection of recipes
A poem in two voices
Dialogue between the two characters
A comic strip
A graphic representation of a section
An advertisement
A bumper sticker
A letter
A speech
A series of text messages
A how-to
A genre of your choice

A free verse poem


A poem in the characters voice
A monologue
A newspaper article
A wanted ad
A rsum
A collection of recipes
A poem in two voices
Dialogue between the two characters
A comic strip
A graphic representation of a section
An advertisement
A bumper sticker
A letter
A speech
A series of text messages
A how-to
A genre of your choice

3. Take about 25 minutes to draft these two pieces. Go for it! Experiment! Embrace
the WEIRD!

3. Take about 25 minutes to draft these two pieces. Go for it! Experiment! Embrace
the WEIRD!