Reading “Rime,” Part I
Welcome to the first assignment project and sequence. Over the course of roughly two weeks you will read Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner in four different platforms; respond to the poem with four different digital tools; create a series of short responses; and take an exam. The sequence will culminate in a long form digital publication of your choice.
- Perform and reflect on best practices for responsive close reading
- Perform and reflect on best ways to utilize annotation tools
- Develop strategies to recognize and retain key features of texts published in multiple modes
Part I: Writing on Reading
Freewrite (5-8 mins): write without pausing in response to the following:
- Generate a list of characteristics that define “good reading practices”
- Briefly describe/recount a recent experience in which you “read successfully”
- As you discuss freewrite responses as a class, maybe ask a student to record the “good reading” criteria on the class blog.
- As the conversation progresses, ask students to consider how their reading practices shift as the publication platforms shift.
- May also want to ask what, if any, tools they use to read .pdf, video, podcasts, databases, and websites
Digital Markup Tools
- Hopefully students will share some of the markup tools they use with the class
- If not, or if they do not share a thorough list, provide an overview of tools such as Adobe Acrobat Pro (available on all campus computers); Google docs; Voice Memos or other recording apps; and Jing
Part II: Reader Response
Freewrite (5-8 mins):choose from one of the following and narrate the circumstances of your response. After we discuss your responses, revise and publish as a blog post before the start of next class.
- Have you ever shared a dream or idea with a friend and then collaborated on a creative production?
- Have you ever been accosted by a person who told you a story you did not ask to hear?
- Have you ever been the last person left alive to tell the tale?
- Have you ever made a snap decision that effected your group of friends (adversely)?
- Have you ever, or do you currently, bear the responsibility for a poor decision?