Assignments

Here’s where you will find details about the various assignments of the course.

Course Syllabus

How to write a critical review of just about anything

How to evaluate websites as source materials

Digital Essay Project (also spelled out below)

The course is centered around the production of a complex, compelling, multilayered story about an individual, event or community of significance to Oklahoma history. Combining historical and ethnographic research, and using the various media production skills you will learn in this course, you will create an interpretive essay that examines an aspect of Oklahoma’s past and shows how it influences the present.

Examples of such critical story-telling are sprinkled throughout the syllabus (especially on 9/10 & 9/17), but a good source of inspiration might be this Atavist story about the flood plain in NYC: “Rising Tides, Rising Costs.”

Note that the story incorporates (info)graphics, imagery, sound and video to convey information and situates its individuals as “characters” in a larger story about the location–its history, its social structures, its trials, tribulations and achievements. You should think of your story in these terms: what is your setting, who are your characters, what is the central drama or driving conflict, what mood or tone is appropriate, and what is the theme? What message do you want people to take away from interacting with this place, these people, and their trials?

The assignment will be staged over the course of the semester, which means you will be working on this project the entire semester. Each mini-project we produce will contribute to the larger digital story you are creating.

Instructions for all of the various components can be found here. Or you can click on the links below to access the different components separately:

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