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COMM 180

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Aparna Halpe

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COMM 180

How Do We Analyze a Text?
1. Map the action, or plot of a story; map the narrative arc of a poem.

2. Create mini character sketches of the narrator or poet, and all characters involved.

3. Identify all rhetorical/poetic strategies (i.e. narrative strategies) an author uses to communicate the main themes of a story or poem.

4. Illustrate how plot, characterization and narrative strategies shape the way we respond to the main theme/message of the story.
An Example
As you watch the following spoken word performance, try to do the following actions:

1. Map the sequence of the poem.
2. Create sketches/back stories for the two characters you see. What are their interests? Education? Class? Politics? History? Race?
3. Try to identify different strategies the poets are using to communicate to you: Are you seeing images? What is the feeling/tone of the piece? What sort of language is being used? Is there music/rhythm/rhyme in the language?
4. Based on what you have set down in 1, 2 & 3, what do you think this spoken word piece is about?
Working in pairs, use the next 10 minutes to get to know your partner.
Find out the following:
1. Name.
2. A passion/goal in life.
3. An interesting story about them.
Why do we tell stories?
My name: Aparna Halpe

My passions: The language of story.

And dancing...
Break: 10 Minutes
Course Stuff
1. All documents for the course are in the content section on Ecentennial.
2. Oral presentations are in groups (10%).
3. We write 3 essays this semester:
The mid term essay (20%);
research essay (30%);
final essay (20%).
4. There will be two "prep" assignments: Introduction of the mid term essay (10%);
abstract and references for the research essay (10%)
Why are so many of the stories we tell so similar?
What We Do
Read literary works from a variety of genres.

Analyze these works for weaker and finer aspects.

Identify the overt and covert messages of the texts.

Articulate an individual response to a text based on critical evaluation, research, and analysis.
"Lost Voices" by Darius Simpson and Scout Bostley
Let's watch this again, with the "text."
How does the experience of the poem change?
In the remaining time, write a paragraph outlining your response to "Lost Voices" by Darius Simpson and Scout Baytley.
Have a great week!
Kendrick Lamar "i"
Lauryn Hill "Doo Wop (That Thing)"
Life, as we know it, is a metaphor transposed from our inherited sense of being.
An example of the mirror stage (Lacan, 1953) in cognitive development.
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