Collect, Collate, Create & Curate
No matter how you slice it, no writer writes well about anything he or she has not experienced, studied or is interested in learning. Over the course of this week, we will spend class time and homework time researching Moby Dick to help you write more intelligently and passionately in your final analytical essay and personal video essay. These two projects will comprise 50% of your final exam grade, so spend this time wisely and productively. The other 50% will include a final video project and a punctuation and writing test (which I will have for you to study and take and retake as much as you want).
Don't decide yet what you wish to write about. Spend the next couple of days collecting and pouring through sources you, your classmates, and I have gleaned from the articles, videos, and podcasts we have "discovered." Hopefully, this will put you in a spot where you feel informed and confident enough to write with confidence, conciseness and clarity.
As in your Social Studies essay, it is vital that you attribute your sources correctly. I am a big fan of using a research "tool" such as Citelighter or Noodle Bib--or even a well organized Notability folder, Evernote notebook, Google Doc or Pages folder--to collect and collate so that you can create and curate your final pieces. It is equally important that you include notes, reflections, and insights as you move through your research and production. (Citelighter is great for this--and, I think, easier than Noodle Bib, but it is not exactly an iPad friendly app!)
I will go over these options in class! A decent part of your final grade is how well do you use your research tools.
Below are some links to help you get started, but don't rely solely on what I have given you. It is important that "you" do some research of your own! I will add more of mine--and yours--into this list.
- http://www.smithsonianmag.com/search/?q=moby%20dick A whole bunch of articles here
Below are links to some decent videos that discuss Moby Dick
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODvuQUnIozU Doctorow and Atwood Debate the Real Meaning of Moby Dick
- http://www.c-span.org/video/?166941-1/mobydick-150th-anniversary The 150th Anniversary Video ( a long one!)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyh819u5ukM One from your classmates—already ranked in the top thirty on google!
- https://beta.prx.org/stories/120480 a good podcast—though long
- http://video.mit.edu/watch/overview-of-moby-dick-then-and-now-2575/ an interesting darkness style discussion among MIT students