1. Revise POV essay: once you have a first draft of your POV essay (class 22/23) completed, work to revise your essay so that it is more engaging for social media readers. Here’s some guidelines:
- PROOFREAD for best sentence flow and readability.
- Get rid of references to the academic process, e.g. “in this study, I’ve found…” Show me, don’t tell me.
- Start with a strong opening sentence.
- Be concise, get rid of extra and redundant verbiage. Less is more.
- Work to include your personal voice, experience, observations; how this impacts me, friends, family, generational cohorts, what I’m seeing, thinking, feeling.
For Instagram posts, consider breaking a several paragraph POV essay into several posts. You might also do short new posts that draw from earlier online annotations and/or new material. Play with it as you regularly do, now connecting some critical concerns with social media influence.
- POV topic illustration: create an illustration to highlight ideas you’re discussing in your POV essay; to be posted with your social media post.
- Use images and written text; may be handwritten, must be legible.
- Can be digitally-generated or hand-done, e.g. drawing, collage cut & paste.
- Consider some form of banner text that calls out a critical meaning.
- Consider visual design principles: dominant line, contrast, balance. To familiarize yourself with the basic concepts of visual design, scan the “20 most important design principles illustrated.”
- Create some form of framing device to contain and focus the composition.
- Upload to your group’s social media site and post to your rolling Google doc.