First, I would like to express my lack of technical knowledge. Being enrolled in this class has really broadened my horizons in this sense because I only knew the basics (i.e. - word documents, Internet browsing, spreadsheets, etc.). Now, when I visit my family, I am always bragging about the new techniques (i.e. - Gimp, Audacity, podcasts, blog posting, etc.) I have learned. I know it may seem as though this class is extremely easy to most people, but I beg to differ. By just looking at the finished projects, you do not really get a sense of how much effort went into the project. I, for one, have revised every project at least four times before I was comfortable with submitting it. Granted, some received more work than others did. Moreover, the overall content of the class was just as interesting as learning the aforementioned techniques. Coming from a small town that is predominantly Native American, I was unaware of many issues discussed in this class. Of course, I was provided with the basic historical knowledge taught throughout the high school curriculum, but I was never exposed to the various ideals surrounding said curriculum. I found myself unable to notice things such as racism, feminism, and symbolism while reading the assigned texts. Which leads me to my next topic, the texts for this class were interesting; a lot different from the novels I am used to reading in English classes. The idea of centering a class on short stories is appealing because you are able to discuss a variety of topics. Therefore, in short, I really enjoyed this class because unlike many of my previous English classes, I can honestly say I learned valuable information that can be applied in many different settings. Therefore, to show my appreciation, I have collected all of my work thus far to trace my progression throughout the course. Expansions on each posting is available by clicking on the link provided to show what elements were changed and why. ENJOY!!!
To be honest with you, at first I thought I misunderstood the assignment. I specifically looked for well-known art that evoked some kind of literary element by either influencing literature or telling a story within itself. I chose The Scream and the Mona Lisa simply because I felt like there was a story being told and the artist decided to paint a still image from that story. Moreover, they are two of my favorite works of art :) After looking at all the other blogs, I realized I wasn’t wrong after all. I forgot the term “literary” takes on various meanings ranging from written text to songs and art. I guess it’s all in the way you interpret it.
*Original Posting: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/23
*Revised Posting: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/179
This was one of my favorite assignments and consumed the bulk of my semester in this class! Since I decided to make my playlist personal, I wanted to make sure it relayed my message in the best light. My childhood was pretty non-existent, but growing up was just lonely. I've always had to take care myself and thus developed a fear of dependency. I came from a broken home of absent parents, resulting in my "numbness" toward life. Even today, I struggle with letting others in because I'm afraid of what may happen. That is why I put so much time and energy into this project (I'm talking more than 20 hours, partially because this was all new to me). I was a little frustrated with my first attempt because I didn't know how to submit such a large file. Therefore, I revised my playlist for two weeks before realizing I could have submitted it as an attachment. Of course, it didn't look as appealing as all the others, but that was the only way I could get it on the site. Overall, I was happy with the results.
MOTHER TO SON
*Original Posting: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/75
*Revised Posting: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/178
*Final Revision: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/236
I honestly enjoyed working on the collage assignments simply because they altered my perception of a collage. I have always thought a collage was a bunch of pictures thrown together with no sense of organization. Whenever I tried to create one, I would always organize the pictures in some form and there would be spaces between them. Now, I know that a collage does not have to consist of millions of pictures. The collages I created during this class required a lot of organization and TIME. I worked weeks on them, trying to convey my message and some kind cohesion between the elements. At first, I was creating them for me. I remember most of the class did not understand my first collage because I deliberately things throughout. After reading their comments, I decided to change a few things because it is not worth the time and energy I put into it if no one understands it.
*Original Posting: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/167
*Revised Posting: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/190
*Final Revision: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/252
This assignment was a little confusing at first, but that was probably due to my lack of sleep. Anyway, I initially thought it had to be about literature or an important literary movement/historical event. When I tried to relate it to literature, I decided to recite a poem I found about cosmetic surgery. After racking my brain for a couple of days, I realized I didn’t even need the poem because cosmetic surgery has not only affected the society, but art as well. And as we established earlier in the semester, art is literary; YEAH! Unfortunately, I didn’t spend the usual amount time on the original version of the project. Even though it took a while to collect everything, I still didn’t like it. So, I looked at for at least five times before deciding to change the intro music, the volume, the credits, and the outro. For some reason, the revised version just seemed to flow a little better than the original.
THE YELLOW WALLPAPER
I know I’m not the only one that feels this way, but by the end of the Litwiki project, I was tired of hearing about The Yellow Wallpaper. Initially, it was one of my favorite stories because it reminded me of Poe. I’ve always enjoyed his works, so it wasn’t difficult to like this one. It was interesting to hear everyone’s opinions during class. There were some things I overlooked while reading that they brought up. I guess reading a story like this is better with other people because you’re able to analyze every aspect of the text. My only issue with this was the feeling that everything was being over-analyzed. I know I don’t pick up on certain things like feminism, but I felt it was like perceptual set. I remember this from Psych because it basically meant you see and hear things because you’re looking for it. In my opinion, there was a lot of that going on while we were interpreting certain parts of the story. However, the video helped clear some things as well, but I felt like there were a couple of instances wherein the two (movie and text) didn’t match. For instance, the movie had a different ending and this completely altered my interpretation of the text. Even though I tried not to place so much emphasis on the movie (since that’s just someone else’s interpretation), everything kind of ran together and I couldn’t distinguish between the movie and text. As for Litwiki, I absolutely hated this assignment because it just seemed like a burden. By the time we started on it, everyone was tired of The Yellow Wallpaper. I believe that is why the discussions weren’t maintained.
*But these nervous troubles... (Literary Research): http://www.teachmix.com/litwiki/index.php?title=But_these_nervous_troubl....
*The wallpaper as I said before… (Post): http://www.teachmix.com/litwiki/index.php?title=The_wallpaper%2C_as_I_sa....
*For there are hedges… (Post): http://www.teachmix.com/litwiki/index.php?title=For_there_are_hedges_and...
*I even said so… (Post) http://www.teachmix.com/litwiki/index.php?title=I_even_said_so_to_John_o....
*He takes all care from me (Post): http://www.teachmix.com/litwiki/index.php?title=He_takes_all_care_from_m...
*Fireworks (Group Discussion): http://www.teachmix.com/litwiki/index.php?title=Fireworks
*And what can one do? (Group Discussion): http://www.teachmix.com/litwiki/index.php?title=Talk:And_what_can_one_do...
*There comes John… (Discussion): http://www.teachmix.com/litwiki/index.php?title=Talk:There_comes_John%2C....
*Original Posting: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/217
I really enjoyed this assignment because it allowed for an in-depth interpretation of particular aspects of the story. My group choice to analyze the role of identity and change as portrayed in John Updike’s A&P and Louise Erdrich’s The Red Convertible. At first, I was a little nervous because I’m very soft spoken and I tend to be a little shy in front of others. I think we did really well on the podcast, but I’m sorry we forgot to mention our names at the beginning. Moreover, I was disappointed that I didn’t provide any information about John Updike, but the correspondence between my group and I was limited, seeing as how I had to return home every weekend and my Internet didn’t function properly in class. Aside from this, our presentation flowed quite nicely, in my opinion. I loved the way it seemed as though we were just talking, as we do in class. I noticed that I didn’t have very much to say after I listened to the podcast on our website, but as I thought back to that day, I remembered I found it hard to add on to what they were saying. Even though everything I wanted to say was said, I just found it difficult to speak up because I didn’t want to cut over anyone or return to a subject after we’d moved on. All in all, our presentation served its purpose and we achieved what we set out to do.
For the most part, the blog postings were insightful; I felt as though they helped me improve on my work tremendously. By reading everyone's comments and participating in little discussions, I felt as though I was nearing my goal for the particular project. However, this is really one aspect of the class that I really need to work on. For some reason, I just cannot remember to comment on at least three postings a week. I know it does not sound like much, but between working a full-time job and being a full-time student, I find it hard to complete a task that I am not reminded of or that does not have a specific due date. Do not get me wrong, I love the laid-back feel of the class, but this is just one bad habit that I have to break as a college student. You know, it is time to grow up; I cannot expect someone to hold my hand throughout my entire life.
*The Yellow Wallpaper: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/82#comment-46
*Redemption by Bob Marley: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/67#comment-29
*When I Have Fears I May Cease To Be: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/65#comment-30
*The Raven: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/70#comment-28
*Revised:Guardador de Rebanhos: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/124#comment-200
*Neo Collage: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/53#comment-254
*Redemption by Bob Marley (revised):
*The Eagles and Fiction Video: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/170#comment-245
*Jekyll and Hyde: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/78#comment-202
*Revised If You Forget Me Collage: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/148#comment-247
*Regina George from Mean Girls: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/118#comment-203
*O Captain! My Captain!: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/72#comment-252
*Revised Silas Marner Collage: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/94#comment-204
*The Hills of Youth: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/62#comment-255
*Inside the Many Sides of Snape: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/77#comment-205
*Indian Giver: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/91#comment-258
*Final Character Collage (James Bond): http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/129#comment-358
*A “Literary” Painting: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/29#comment-251
*He's Just Got No Time: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/86#comment-206
*Remember the Titans: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/57#comment-207
*Dr. Seuss: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/171#comment-246
*If You Forget Me: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/81#comment-208
*FINAL Americanized: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/232#comment-370
*Jane Austen Video: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/175#comment-225
*Amused To Death: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/55#comment-47
*Video Project (M. Osborne): http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/195#comment-363
*Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/188#comment-244
*Syd’s Circus: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/56#comment-253
*Final Poem Collage (Jabberwocky) http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/240#comment-374
*Jane Eyre: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/61#comment-257
*Road Not Taken Collage Revised: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/98#comment-259
*Briony Tallis: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/63#comment-261
*In The American Society by Gish Jen: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/187#comment-263
*The Fate of The Few: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/173#comment-264
*Video Finally (I Put a Spell on You): http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/204#comment-367
*Eagles and Fiction Video Revised: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/228#comment-369
*Jazz Evolution Video: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/238#comment-372
*Inside Voices: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/207#comment-373
*Final Character Collage (J. Horn): http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/241#comment-375
*Revised Video (Far Away): http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/233#comment-378
*Danny Archer from Blood Diamond: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/64#comment-379
*Final If You Forget Me: http://www.teachmix.com/itsfiction/?q=node/227#comment-380