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Week 13: Visual Storytelling & History

Introduction to the elements of storytelling online. Thinking about historical narratives.

Before Class

  • Read: Yoni Appelbaum, “The Great Illusion of Gettysburg,” The Atlantic, February 5, 2012.
  • Read: Narrative History, Queens College–City University of New York
  • Revisit the sites you reviewed in Week 2. What is their narrative? How well do they tell the story? We will discuss these in class.


During Class
Find five photos from your time period and city. Arrange them to tell a story. Sketch out the text that could connect them. Post them to your site and be prepared to discuss them.


Blog Assignment
Due Sunday, December 6th at noon.
Worth 3 points. Blog responses should be at least 300 words; they should be written in a semi-formal scholarly style (with complete thoughts and correct spelling, grammar, and syntax). Partial responses (including responses that fail to meet the minimum word length or clearly fail to answer the prompt) will receive partial credit. Late posts will not be accepted.

On your blogs discuss the story you’re planning to tell in your final projects. What techniques of digital storytelling do you wish to use? What materials will you have to gather in order to tell that story? What do you hope you can do on your sites?

Last updated: November 19, 2015 at 18:31 pm