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Zine assignment

  1. 1. Zine AssignmentThe final product of your Spring literature circle work
  2. 2. What is a ”zine”?• ’Zine’ comes from ’magazine’• A self-published special-interest magazine• Variety of visual, audio and written texts
  3. 3. Zines and Literature circles1. Lit circles meet 5-6 times in the term2. Each week, each member writes a short text based on their lit circlerole. Upload to group portfolio on Dropbox.3. By week 6: group portfolio of 25-30 texts.
  4. 4. Portfolio Zine1. Look through your group’s portfolio.2. Which pieces were you most interested in writing?3. Which represent your best work?4. Choose at least 2 to refine, extend and edit for your group’s zine.
  5. 5. Zine Step One:• Choose a site to host your group’s zine• The site MUST be an English platform (no Swedish-English hybrid zines, please!)• Recommended:
  6. 6. Zine Step Two• Select and compile texts for your site from your group’s porfolio• The site must contain a MINIMUM of 10-15 audio, visual and written texts.• This means each person must submit at least 2 texts (individually) and make a contribution to a group text (film/podcast) as well
  7. 7. Zine Step Three• Some class time will be given to work together on your group zine (see the class schedule)• Zine launch parties are scheduled for classes at the end of term (see schedule).• At the zine launch, you and your group will tour us around your texts, preview any film or audio, and celebrate your publication
  8. 8. Examples of Zine texts• Audio texts (interviews, music, podcasts, spoken word)• Image texts (your own artwork, other artwork, photographs etc.) with good, detailed, explanatory captions and analysis.• Video texts (film clips with explanations and analysis, your OWN films, such as short documentaries, film reviews, a scene from the novel you act out etc.)• Written texts (poetry, interviews, reviews, critical analysis, short essays, creative responses, journal entries, newspaper reports)
  9. 9. Suggested Zine pieces• poem composed of several of your best wordsmith words• illustrated map of the novel’s setting.• song you composed and recorded• film of a scene from the novel you act out• interview with one of the characters (filmed, recorded or written)• analysis of an event• recipe from the novel (and why it’s important)• crime scene investigation report
  10. 10. ”Carte Blanche” ”Tap on the shoulder”• This means you have • This means you need to full creative choice over show specific skill(s) in any texts/films/audio your final zine hand-in. you would like to produce • I will assign you to write• Your work this term has or produce more formal been strong so far. You and extended have been meeting the written/audio production course goals effectively, in order to meet our and I can assess course requirements. whatever you produce with confidence.
  11. 11. VRG Zine examplesTo Kill a Mockingbird The Picture of Dorian GrayExample 1 Example 1Example 2 Example 2
  12. 12. Zine Assessment1. SubmissionsHow many pieces have you submitted to your group’s zine? Arethey varied enough? Do they represent a sufficient breadth ofskills (written and oral) and knowledge (of your novel, of theEnglish language)?2. Content Knowledge: NovelHow well do you show that you know your novel? Do youdemonstrate your understanding of plot, setting, character andtheme?
  13. 13. Assessment continued3. Content Knowledge: Working with sourcesIf your zine includes texts dealing with other sources addressingissues in your novel, how do you quote from and critique yoursources?4. Use of Visuals: Images and video textsWere images carefully selected and placed for maximummeaning and effect? Are they justified and explained with clear,well organized texts?
  14. 14. Assessment continued5. Research & Computer SkillsResearch from reliable sources, and online zine-making resourcesused (wiki, blog, glog or website).6. Oral and Written skills Is the oral/written English presented inyour contributions clear, coherent, well- structured and accurate?7. Originality and Creativity how have you used multipleliteracies to create visual/oral/written texts that connect on apersonal, creative and critical level with the novel?