Visual Activities:

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Lego Instruction Guide [Contest Example]

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

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Poster Museum [Contest Example]

Visual Rhetorical Analysis - In teams, have students analyze rhetorical strategies and design choices in posters.

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Create a Meme Assignment: English 150

This activity works well between Assignments 4 and 5 in English 150. Use it to help students bridge the divide between writing about a place and designing text and images about that place.

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Composing Effective Instructions

This presentation and activity will introduce students to the genre of Instructions.

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Composing Effective Technical Descriptions

This presentation and activity will introduce students to the Technical Description genre.

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Identifying Logical Fallacies

Students will learn to identify logical fallacies in order to avoid using them in their own writing.

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Say What? Design and Delivery with PowerPoint

Students learn basic design and delivery with PowerPoint

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Trailer Comparison

This activity is used to help student prepare to perform a visual analysis by comparing two movie trailers from two different decades.

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The Rhetoric of Infomercials

This activity is used to teach ethos, pathos, and logos by asking students to create an infomercial. The activity takes about 50 minutes to run.

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Poster and Brochure Analysis

This exercise asks students in English 150 to analyze posters and brochures as a genre so they may later develop a heuristic for how they can incorporate visuals strategically in preparation for Assignment #5.

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Art on Campus Analysis Activity

This activity is useful during the first week of the Campus Architecture/Campus Art Analysis assignment. This activity introduces students to a guided rhetorical analysis of artwork.

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Slide Presentation Exercise

This activity is used to simultaneously help students become literate with image editing software and think about practical applications of the visual design principles.