You identified an issue that was important to you, and you articulated it as a Research Question and Proposal. Then you educated yourself about your issue by locating, evaluating, and analyzing information from a variety of sources – ultimately compiling that information in Annotated Bibliography (documented correctly using MLA format). You then compiled a Research Paper for an Academic Audience that identified the issue or problem with the aim of growing our knowledge, continuing the conversation, or inviting a response. And because that issue was important to you, you identified what you wanted changed and went about making that change happen by persuading a specific audience to do something about it (Non-Academic Argument). To wrap up your semester-long project, you will boil your Non-Academic Argument down to a Visual Argument and share it with your classmates during an in-class Presentation. We will spend the next few class periods discussing, analyzing, and working with visual argument. Spend the next few days paying attention to the visual arguments surrounding you: billboards, flyers posted on bulletin boards around campus, bumper stickers, t-shirts, advertisements, photo essay, posters, graffiti, political cartoons, short documentary/animation,“event”/display and decide what form your visual argument will take to best reach and appeal to your audience to help you achieve your purpose. Words will be at a minimum and the visuals should appeal to your intended audience. Visual Argument Assignment Sheet Peer Review Draft of your Visual Argument due on Friday, April 10. Final version of your Visual Argument is due on Monday, April 13. Presentations on April 13, 15, and 17. How you present your argument to the class will depend on what your project is (see reverse for more information on the types of projects your visual argument might take). You could do a mock-up of your project and use either the computer or docu-cam to project it on the screen in the classroom. Or, you could do a mock-up and pass a copy of it around to the class during your presentation. You should plan on creating a PowerPoint that displays your project and contains explanation of your choices (see example). Before class time on Friday, April 10, you will submit a your peer review draft of your PowerPoint (including an image of your visual argument) electronically/online via BlackBoard. That way, we can work out any technical difficulties BEFORE you are scheduled to present. On the day you do your presentation, you will turn in a mock up of your Visual Argument. The “mock-up” must fit on an 8.5X11 sheet of paper (to be submitted for grading). This should be in color to allow evaluation of your choices concerning color. Or, you can print your PowerPoint (a one-page “handout” version printed in color would be ideal). Attached to the 8.5X11 “mock-up,” include a new PAM Worksheet indicating your Purpose (what do you want to persuade your audience to do through your visual argument – this might be the same or slightly different from the written version); Audience (this might be the same as your written Non-Academic argument, or it might change slightly); and Method of Delivery (are you designing a billboard, bumper sticker, etc.). Evaluation Criteria: This assignment constitutes 5% of your overall grade for the course. The grade for the Visual Argument/Presentation is composed of the following three elements: 1) Visual Argument = 50% of assignment grade (due to the instructor on Monday, April 13 – not accepted late) Purpose is clear from the Visual Argument. Appropriate audience is identified in the PAM Worksheet (PAM Worksheet is required). Method of Delivery would reach intended audience. Choices show attention to effective visual argument strategy as discussed in class and would achieve stated purpose with intended audience (word choice, image selection, colors, font/type, etc). 2) Presentation = 20% of assignment grade (last three days of class) Clearly states the Purpose, Audience, and Method of Delivery during presentation Discusses the choices made in consideration of effective visual argument strategy as discussed in class (word choice, image selection, colors, font/type, etc.) Makes a convincing argument why this Visual Argument would successfully achieve the desired purpose with the intended audience. Stays within the three-minute time limit. Keep in mind, because of time constraints, we will not be able to make up missed presentations. Students who do not present their visual argument receive a zero for the assignment. 3) Evaluations of other classmates’ presentations = 30% of assignment grade (each day of presentations) Student was present to provide feedback/evaluation of classmates’ presentations Student provided feedback and evaluation scores that showed an attention to not only the presentation being given, but also an awareness of effective visual argument strategies. (Included specific example of either effective or less-effective choices made.) Credit for completing the evaluations will not be given if scores do not reflect thoughtful consideration.