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DRAW is the Iowa State University English Department's center for pedagogical collaboration and sharing. The site serves as a collection of lesson plans and activity ideas for the multimodal writing classroom. From sharing practical tips and suggestions to providing theory and experience, DRAW is our online nexus for professional development in the teaching of writing.

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Dolls Activity

Dolls Activity uses images from the Monsters reader and asks students to compare said images that are accompanied by text with images that they select themselves that are not.

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Book Covers as an Example of Visual Rhetorical Analysis

This lesson is a scaffolded approach to teaching students how to deconstruct visual arguments by analyzing various book covers. Students will practice individually, as a group, and then as presenters to the class.

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Modeling Visual Rhetorical Analysis for ENGL 250

A lesson plan modeling visual rhetorical analysis.

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Visual Rhetorical Analysis of Food Packaging

In this class activity, students apply their knowledge of visual rhetorical analysis by analyzing food packaging from different brands.

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Jigsaw Activity for A5: Documented Essay (ENGL 250)

This is an activity created by myself and four others (named below) for Unit 5 in ENGL 250. The activity is a jigsaw discussion designed to demonstrate the process of completing the Doc. Essay

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Doublespeak in Different Rhetorical Situations

Students learn about types of doublespeak, then research and analyze examples from the internet.

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MLA Citations Activity

In this activity, students practice citing different sources, finding the different pieces necessary for a citation, and gain a better understanding of how flexible source citation can be.

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Lego Instruction Guide [Contest Example]

Students create an instruction guide to practice visual and/or oral communication.