Standing Peachtree and Indigenous New Media

Composition Project #3

Project Overview

Throughout the course of the semester, we have engaged various modes– written, oral, visual, electronic, and nonverbal. In the way that things come back around and build, your final project of the term will be a group presentation.

This presentation has a very particular exigence (response to a particular moment or motivation). Standing Peachtree is a site of crossroads, where histories and stories and waterways meet. It is certainly an embodiment of place-as-rhetoric and place-as-memory. In this project, you will develop a campaign proposal. A campaign that centers on Standing Peachtree. A campaign that seeks to make a change and promote sustainability. The proposal should center Standing Peachtree in some way and draw on your group’s skills. The proposal should consider its context, connections with local tribes, and feasibility within a single semester.

Objectives

  • Develop your collaborative skills in a group environment, working together to create a cohesive and rhetorically unified podcast
  • Cultivate your ability to recognize and utilize the WOVEN modes – this project emphasizes all modes, particularly the oral, written, visual, and electronic
  • Advance your critical thinking by seeking out sources that directly engage your chosen topic
  • Articulating a convincing argument that is backed up by logic, achievable goals, and clear indicators of success.

Requirements

This project has two major components — (1) Presentation AND (2) PowerPoint.

Presentation (100 points)

  1. The presentation should be 8-10 minutes in length. At 10 minutes, you will be asked to stop. Time cards will indicate 5 minutes remaining and 2 minutes remaining.
  2. All group members should speak in the presentation.
  3. The presentation should:
    1. Provide context for your campaign.
    2. Describe the research you conducted for this project.
    3. Discuss what your campaign does and why.
    4. Describe connection to Indigenous history and communities.
    5. Describe connection to sustainability.
    6. Make an argumentative case in support of your campaign.
  4. It is important that the presentation answer the “So what?” question. Why is your campaign important? In what ways would it make a difference? Why does it matter?

PowerPoint (100 points)

  • Your collaborative PowerPoint should demonstrate clear, articulate, and meaningful visual design.
  • Adhere to effective design principles: arrangement/layout, chunking/proximity, alignment, consistency, font, color, and contrast.
  • Your PowerPoint should be readable from the back of the classroom.
  • Your PowerPoint should clearly clearly accompany your presentation in sequence and organization, detail, and information.

Points Breakdown

This project is worth 200 points, or 20% of your final grade. It is a group grade for the listed components, meaning that barring negative group reports, all members will receive the same grade.

Group Work

You will need to meet with your group more than once to discuss and work on the project. You should delegate responsibilities among your group members, being sure that everyone is committing equal amounts of time and effort to their portions of the project. No one person should be completing more than their share of the work. Consider using Skype, Google Hangouts, or GroupMe for meetings if you cannot work out a time when you can all meet in person.

For this project, you will be required to create a Group Work Contract.

Each group member must contribute equally to the project, but you can do so in different ways. For example, if two of you conduct the research, they might discuss the theoretical underpinnings of your topic, while two others contribute other sections of the recording. You all MUST speak in the final presentation.