Project 3 Assignment

For this project you will produce a website. We will have a class workshop teaching you an accessible software you may use to make websites, though you can make your website with whatever program you feel most comfortable with. You will need to use images and/or graphics and hyperlinks in order to make your website work effectively.

You may choose to do this project in pairs or individually.

Below are some suggestions for your website. If none of these fit what you would like to do, we can discuss other possibilities.

1. A website for a work of art: a book, a film, a play, an album, an architectural work, etc.

2. A website for a person: someone you admire in your personal life, a politician, an artist, a celebrity, a historical figure, etc.

3. A website for an institution: a non-profit organization, a sports team, an educational facility, etc.

4. You can make a website to teach others about a heroic event or moment in American or world history that is meaningful to you.

5. You can make a website that examines the concept of heroes, superheroes and/or antiheroes in our society. You can critique it, question it or tell your audience why you think it is relevant (or do all three).

Your site should be educational about whatever work, person, institution, event or concept you select. You will need to target it to a particular audience, such as college students, young children, the elderly or people from a certain profession or ethnicity. Once you select your audience group, you will target your information to their particular needs.

You will use a minimum of three sources. At least one of these should come from print (meaning a book or something you found in our library’s catalogue) and one from the web. You are also welcome to interview experts in the field or people whose opinions are relevant to your topic. No matter how many interviews you do, they will count as one source. Since this is a website you should take advantage of hyperlinking whenever possible when citing your sources.

The text on your website should be equivalent to 4-6 pages (1,200-1,800 words). You will also write a 1-2 page (300-600 words) reflection in which you explain the rhetorical choices you made in terms of educating your target audience about your selected topic. If you’re working in pairs, each member should write their own reflection.

The students who did not present with their Project 2 groups will present their websites to the class. The presentations will be less about content and more about your choices in crafting the site. You will have about five minutes to present your websites and three minutes to answer questions.

Keep in mind the concepts of ethos, pathos, logos and having a clear thesis that we have discussed in class, as well as audience awareness, tone and language. Remember to take into account what your audience knows about this topic and what their already established opinions are. As with project 2, visual rhetoric is a vital component of this assignment and you should display your knowledge of our class readings and discussions on the subject in your work.

Your first draft is due on Wednesday, April 20. We will be at a computer lab so you can view the websites electronically. Your final draft is due on Monday, April 25. I will return work electronically. Everyone will receive their graded assignments within a week of turning them in, but not all at the same time. I will return them as I grade them, and I will grade them in the order that they reach my inbox at:

A “C” project should:
• Meet all requirements of the assignment.
• Provide appropriate description so that an audience can understand the situations and issues
• Have a thesis that follows logically from the body of the project.
• Control surface errors.
• Use MLA citation to document all sources.

A “B” project should do everything a “C” project does but should also:
• Show evidence that possible audience objections have been anticipated and responded to.
• Incorporate sources smoothly.
• Include an analysis that interrogates the experiences, observations and sources critically.
• Produce a logical, easy to navigate website structure.

An “A” project should do everything a “B” project does but should also:
• Arrive at a thesis that is original, insightful and sensible.
• Show a flair with language and visual rhetoric.
• Have a clear organizational strategy based on audience needs.
• Demonstrate an extensive understanding of the website genre’s particular characteristics.