Verbal Visual Essay Assignment Instructions


ENG1D1 Independent Reading Assignment

Verbal-Visual Collage

Step #1: Choose your novel

Choose a novel (minimum 250 pages) and have it read by ________________________.Your teacher will give you reading periods, so be sure to bring your novel to class.

Step #2: Identify the main ideas & themes

As you read:

Determine the major themes, ideas or conflicts that are being developed in your novel.


FIVE quotations

from the novel that reveal these themes & ideas.


FIVE personal statements

that relate to these themes & ideas.

Finally, choose images (drawings, graphics, magazine or computer images, etc)that depict these themes, ideas and conflicts. Avoid literal depictions of the plotor characters; rather, choose images that have

symbolic value.Step #3: Design your collage

Using the

principles of design


media techniques

discussed in class, arrange your visual images and verbal statements (five quotations & five personal statements) on aBristol board to create a collage. Be sure to include the title and author of the novel. N.B. This collage should communicate the main themes, ideas and conflicts in the novel;therefore, your images and statements should

work together 

to convey this unifiedmessage. Arrange your images and words purposefully!On the back of your collage:

List your FIVE quotations and FIVE personal statements.

Write a detailed, one-paragraph explanation of the meaning and intentions behind your visual elements. This explanation will help you to complete thefinal step.

Step #4: Present your Verbal-Visual Collage

You will briefly present your verbal-visual collage to the class on an assigned date.During your presentation, you will:

Give a brief synopsis of your novel.

State the major themes, ideas and/or conflicts of the novel.

Explain how your collage communicates these themes and ideas.

Your presentation should be about 5 minutes in length.

Looking at your answers to your pre-writing questions, you can start to plan how you will put together your piece. Just like a written essay, you will need and introduction, body, and conclusion. You may want to think of this as a story with a beginning, middle and end. Before you start to gather images, you might want to make a rough outline of how you want your essay to come together.

Title: Often your claim question can be your title, or you may want a single word or short phrase title that tells your subject and use your question in the opening. The font, animation and color will set the tone of your piece, so spend some time trying out different styles to see what you like best.

Introduction: How will you interest your viewer? Your first few images need to tell the viewer the subject and the question and grab their attention.

Body: How will you present your thesis? Will you tell it in a voice over? Write it on a picture or on a screen by itself? Would it be more effective to tell your main reasons first and then put your main idea at the end in the conclusion?

What types of images could help you to prove your main reasons for your claim? Remember that it is usually important to order your ideas from least to most important, so put your best reasons last. You might want to make a list of the types of images you want. Be sure to indicate any images you already have.

Conclusion: What do you want your audience to think, do, or believe after they have watched your essay? How will you draw the audience with you to believe your claim at the end? Will you use a specific image? A repeated idea? A quote? A challenge? A question?


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