Script and Podcast or Video
Proposal Due: Mon. 4/25
Annotated Bibliography Due: Wed. 4/27
Rough Draft Due: Wed. 5/4
Final Draft Due: Mon. 5/9
Proposal: Students will write a 2-3 page proposal for their script and podcast or video. Your proposal must use one of the templates from They Say/I Say to assert a preliminary thesis for the project, state key questions your project will address, discuss why these questions are important, and the materials you will analyze, including quotations from the texts you consider. You should also address the software you will use to make your podcast or video, its setting, any other actors you will include, and examples of documentaries, podcasts, or interviews you have investigated.
Annotated bibliography: Students will focus their research topic to a working thesis and include an annotated bibliography of at least five sources. State your thesis at the top of the annotated bibliography. While this project incorporates research, your focus should be on the text or texts you analyze from the course. One source must be a book about the text you address or a historical facet of what you investigate. One source must be a peer reviewed journal article addressing one of the texts you address, which you can find using databases from our library's website. Another source must be a primary source you have located, which could be a print article, a historical photograph that you will examine, or a newspaper or magazine article from the time period. You can also find these resources from our library's databases. Your remaining sources can also include existing documentaries, podcasts, and interviews that you use to investigate the genre. Use proper MLA format for annotated bibliography. See the online sample annotated biography here.
Our Research Guide from the NYIT Library is located here: http://libguides.nyit.edu/c.php?g=434061&p=3265727
Project instructions: In your final project this term, you will write a script for an educational podcast or video that you will record or film, which asserts an argument analyzing the role of language and the city in at least one text we have read during the second half of the term (Parker, Powell, Williams, Guest, Auden, Smith, Ginsberg, or Kerouac). You may not select the same author that your group focused on in your map and rationale project. How are language and the city related? Language includes such topics as word choice, tone, and style. What effect do the words in a quotation have on its meaning? When analyzing, ask yourself what effect one word has instead of another that that the author might have selected. Consider what lines, or passages did you find most compelling in texts we read and why? How is the city depicted in the text or texts you have selected? If you consider two texts, what is different about their engagement with language? What effect does the sound of words have? What is the impact of the structure of each text on the story it tells? These questions can help you to begin to focus on a topic for your podcast or video. Your audience is college students, high school students, or interested readers whom you feel would benefit from learning more about how your text works and its relationship to New York's literary history.
The written script for your interview must be at least 1250 words. You will need to select a narrow focus so that you can present a compelling argument in a short span of time and analyze at least two quotations from one of the texts we read in depth. Select a format for your video or podcast that best communicates the argument you would like to make. Some examples include a documentary, interview, commentary, or discussion, or a combination of these formats. Make sure that your script and podcast or video includes your own analysis of the texts. You can quote texts or include images, segments of recordings, or videos, but you must acknowledge all sources that you did not create.
You should investigate existing documentaries or videos to approach the genre and subject in a new way.
After writing your script, you will create a podcast or video version of your interview. You can ask a friend to perform part in your video or podcast, but each student will only receive a grade for his or her own project. You could, for instance, create a conversation with the author or a character, or dramatize a scene and discuss it with classmates.
Remember to give your script and video or podcast a title. It will help to frame and focus your project.
You should also practice your video or podcast before recording it. You may want to record several versions or edit the final product.
Your podcast or video can depart from your script slightly to best suit the medium, but it should stay close to your plan. You should rehearse your script and revise it with the medium in mind, but you might also find aspects that work in the moment and should certainly include them.
There are also apps for making recordings, such as Soundcloud and Audacity.
Submit your script as a Word document on Blackboard. You can use Google Drive store and submit audiovisual material. Share it with an invitation to the instructor's email. Do not make your videos available for the public online. Make sure to save your files in a format that can be viewed by both Mac and Windows users.
You are required to include a list of works cited in MLA format at the end of your script acknowledging all sources you have consulted, including webpages, interviews, and audiovisual materials. You must use your own words and cite all sources appropriately. Using others’ words or ideas without acknowledging them is plagiarism.
If you are using a Kindle version of a novel, cite the location or page number. You can find this by cutting and pasting a passage from the Kindle application you can download for your computer.
You will lose points for incorrect citation format and lack of proofreading. You can consult MLA guidelines here:https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/
You will also lose points for lack of effort, depth, and careful textual analysis. Build from your experiences this term to demonstrate your analytical skills, creativity, and intellectual risk taking.
You will also lose points for not demonstrating correct integration of quotations. Remember that you need to analyze quotations that you include. Select quotations in which the language is necessary. If you can put a quotation in your own words, you don't need to quote it and you can summarize its contents and cite the page number in parentheses. Make sure to punctuate quotations correctly. This website may also be helpful:https://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/QuoLiterature.html
Submit your rough draft and final drafts on Blackboard at least thirty minutes before class on the dates indicated above.
Examples of student project analyzing Mulk Raj Anand's novel Untouchable and James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.