Wednesday, October 14, 2015

AP Lit: Design Challenge: Prufrock Remixed

Design Challenge: Prufrockian Remixing.

How might we remix “Prufrock” into a derivative work (meaning, it is based on/inspired by an original) that reflects the poetic and design qualities and intentions of T.S. Eliot’s original?


Last class you did just this.  You spent a day exploring Prufrock and discussing and figuring.

Today, before you start empathizing and experimenting, take a moment to refresh your thinking with this spidea web.
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Recreate this on paper in front of you.  When you think of what you’ve done with “Prufrock” so far, what immediately springs to mind.  5 min.  No more.

Follow this up quickly with an I NOTICE/I WISH/I WONDER over “Prufrock.”  Again, quick.  5 min.  Rekindle what you’ve already discovered.  

Work as a whole class on this.  Someone has to volunteer to be interviewed about their thoughts and feelings about “Prufrock.”  Here’s the thing.  It isn’t a lecture on Prufrock.  They must be asked questions by the other members of the class.  5 min interviewing one student.  
Then choose another.  Grand total.  10 minutes.

As you are taking notes during the interview, use this empathy map tool.  Consider what they are saying and doing as they are talking, and imagine what they might be thinking and feeling based on that.

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This is your first twenty minutes of class.


Print off copies of “Prufrock.”   Cut it up.  Make it bigger.   Rewrite.  Move it around.  Remember in a remix you can add layers upon layers, bring in new, add your own.

There’s butcher paper in the lockers in the hallway.  Use it.  There’s stuff in the closet.  Use it.  There are LEGOs and Jenga blocks and who knows what? Use whatever you have and need.

The key?  Making sure it embodies the spirit and intention of the original while still seeming like a whole new work.

Inform your experimentation with what others have told you, what you’ve discovered about Prufrock.

Be wild.  Be free.  Try things.  See what happens.  Take lots and lots of pictures.  Put them on your blog.  Not because it is required but because it matters and it helps.  Please share them with me as well.


For next class, bring a working iteration of your remix for discussion, feedback, exploration.  We’ll be using the feedback wheel.  The what?  Next week we learn about the feedback wheel

Also, next week, we’ll  read and annotate  articles I will be sending to you about Prufrock and Eliot.  What do they uncover that we hadn’t?  How does your remixing experience lend itself to that sorts of thinking?

Blog. 3+ Posts.
Req'd Critical Creativity.  Literary Emoji.  Choose any of our works from this year and express them in emoji form.  Or use symbols of your own.  Explain your thinking.  

Read & Respond.  How to Read Lit Like a Prof.  Is It a Symbol?
Post on your thoughts on Foster's ideas on your blog.

Essay Revisions. If you are intending to revise your  synthesis essay, you may want to get on it.  
I will only accept revisions up to October 27.  If you complete a revision, you must also submit a Revision Submission Form.
Due.  As many times as possible between now and Oct. 27.

Blogging.  If you revise your posts or if you post late, please use the fill tool on the blog tracker to turn that box, Green.  You can revise your blog posts 

Read & Design. Indie Book Project.
Due. Wednesday & Thursday.  November 4 & 5.

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