Self-Reflection Project: Script, Video and Cover letter

Length: 5-7 pages (Script); 2 pages (Cover Letter) SLO Targets: (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6) Detailed Description: Task: Addressing yourself to future English 160 students, create a short video in which you describe your experience in the course and provide detailed advice about how to identify and overcome five writing challenges. The project includes three parts: (1) a 5-7-page script for your video; (2) the video itself, which you will send/bring to me; and (3) a 2-page cover letter in which you present the project to me. Requirements / Criteria for Evaluation: (1) The script should include the following: (a) an introductory section in which you engage viewers (namely, future English 160 students); (b) an overview of the course objectives and the three projects; (c) five sub-sections, each providing (i) one writing problem you faced; (ii) an account of how you solved the problem; and (iii) a lesson—using a hypothetical example—on how future students can overcome the problem; and (e) a compelling conclusion. NOTE: In section (c), you must quote ten passages from your work this semester (five from rough drafts and five from final drafts). (2) The video itself can take pretty much any form you want, as long as the script is used.


The only requirement is that you give me a recorded video, screencast, etc., in which your script is delivered. (3) The cover letter will introduce your project to me. It must (a) be correctly formatted; (b) be correctly addressed; (c) highlight the main points made in the screencast; and (d) make the case that, based on your work in English 160, you are prepared for English 161. Notes: (1) Section (c) is the most important section in the script. You could go about writing Section (c) in many ways. For example, after the introduction and overview sections of the script, you might explain that you struggled with (i) thesis formulation; (ii) paragraph construction; (iii) counterarguments; (iv) choosing quotes; and (v) conclusions. You could then present examples from rough drafts of your papers of each of these problems (e.g., the vague thesis from a first draft of the argument paper; a badly constructed paragraph from your speech; etc.) Next, you could explain how you solved each problem, using examples from final drafts to exemplify your solutions (the clearly formulated thesis from your final draft; a well-structured paragraph revision from your speech; etc.). Finally, you could show how your solutions could be applied to other cases using your own examples. (For example, you could present an unclear thesis and then provide the viewers with a procedure to make it more clear and more specific. (2) You can use QuickTime or a similar program to make your video, but you should also feel free to use other programs if you want. (3) Though straight-forward video lectures—in which you use a whiteboard to show future students how to correct writing challenges, say—are acceptable, be as creative as possible with this project.


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