Quality Writing Reveals Passion, Pluck, and Power Project

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Quality Writing Reveals  Passion, Pluck, and Power
and Optional Subtitle for your Infographic
Use any template you like. Your infographic should not look like this direction infographic, but it MUST include all the specified boxes with the box titles given in these directions. Change any "you/your" to "me/my" etc. You must have the graphics and photos that the directions specify, but you should also add graphics to any box that you think needs visual relief, color, interest, or balance — including this first box. Note: your name does NOT go in this box. Look at bottom for its and your Works Cited location.
To introduce us to your chosen American author book and its author (if a memoir/ autobiography) or the author about whom the book describes (if a biography) and to analyze the book's rhetoric
Insert your own Title
Infographic Directions
E N G L I S H L A N G U A G E / C O M P O S I T O N
In addition to your title, your first box requires your American author book title, the book's author, and a brief overview of its content. Do NOT center text! Because it makes reading difficult, it annoys your audience! Beware: Piktochart centers most text; YOU must edit to left alignment. Either separate text sections as I am doing here, or put each paragraph in its own box and give breathing room between hunks of text.
You must include a word cloud like the one next to this text. You can create a figure such as my cool sea turtle (it has nothing to do with this project; I just love sea turtles) or an amorphous shape. Word clouds demonstrate important concepts within your topic: the larger the word the more important it is to your purpose.
I used Tagxedo to create my word cloud. You can try that web site, or one of the several others (Google to find them). In most online word cloud creators, you type words into a box, and it generates the cloud for you. Repeat important words, so it know which ones to make large. You can also create your own word cloud and export it as a JPEG, JPG, or PNG file and upload it to Piktochart. It must be 2MB or less. You can upload up to 40 MB of graphics/photos as a free user. If you pay for an upgrade, you increase your upload amounts.
Your Purpose
Tell us about your American author (see Your Purpose in block 1 for clarification). Help us understand the author's personal qualities, expectations, achievements, etc. — what you share depends on the type of book you read. Do NOT use other sources. Derive this information from the book only. Think of this as introducing strangers to someone you know well. What information should that stranger know about the American author? Present this information in a mix of short paragraphs (that include evidence from the book—paraphrased or blended quotations to minimize text), graphics, and an overarching quotation. Infographics must not use too many words—don't make it text intensive. Make each block visually appealing. You can make blocks as large or as small as you want/need to fulfill the requirements.
You must use the block titles I use so I can easily match up what you are doing with the requirements.
You must also put your blocks in the same order I organized these direction blocks.
Author Introduction
Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out."
-James Bryant Conant
If you quote something someone other than the book's author said (i.e. it's already in quotation marks or it's a paraphrase of someone the author introduces), you are using an indirect source. Regardless of if you quote or paraphrase the information, you must clarify both who said the statement and where you found it. To quote and cite correctly, see Writing Resources> Organization> Writing the Researched Argument (light bulb bordered page, 3rd to last page in WR)>#s 8 and 9 on backside.
An overarching quote that speaks for the author's life or work.
Requirements for this block
Information to help us understand the American author
Evidence from the book (span the book)
Multiple graphic elements including at least one photo
Unit Theme Connection
How does your author connect to the Unit 1 theme? (See title of this infographic or syllabus to remind yourself of theme.) Give us a quick overview by using  message-sending icons and one to four words (not counting articles: a, an the) per icon to show the connections. You must connect to both quality writing (use your notes) and at least one of the P words. Subtitle this page expressing what aspect(s) of quality writing and what P word(s) your book expresses. You must use eight icons with their corresponding words/phrases.
Sea turtles' pluck can help people perceive the world as a place where calmness and joy can preside
Swim 10,000 miles/year
Dive a mile for food
Use smooth, graceful strokes
Live in rhythmic oceans
Navigate by Earth's magnetic field
Have existed 100 million years
Outlasted dinosaurs
Hatchlings immediately seek ocean
Rhetorical Analysis
Address the encircled rhetorical triangle
Choose three of these six grouped rhetoric parts to analyze. Remember that you are creating an infographic, so minimize words and maximize the graphics. Make it visually appealing and easy-to-follow. And DO NOT CENTER text!
Speaker (describe clearly)
Persona — describe with noun (can add an adjective) that is NOT the author's job. Support with quotation Voice — describe with adjective and support with quotation
Audience (state who is and who is NOT the audience and clarify how you know)
Logos — Explain how the author appeals to the audience's logos and support with paraphrase Ethos — Explain how the author both builds his/her credibility and shows that he/she shares values with the audience. Support with paraphrase Pathos— State the emotion to which the author appeals and support with a quotation or paraphrase
Subject (state it clearly)
Open, rhetorical topic — Explain what the author is arguing and support with paraphrase Evidence — Detail how the author supports his/her open, rhetorical topic. Provide several examples using paraphrases or quotations. Opposition Address — Explain how the author either refutes or concedes to opposing views and support with a quotation or paraphrase
Analysis of three rhetoric parts. Label parts!
Requirements for this block
Details for your chosen parts sub parts. Label sub parts!
Evidence from the book (span the book)
Multiple graphic elements including at least one photo
Aim — Specify the author's long-term goal and state how you know
Intention (identify the author's overall focus/reason/ justification for writing)
Purpose — Specify why the author wrote the book and state how you know
Think/Do —Clarify what the author wants the audience to think and/or do after reading the book and state how you know
Context (clarify what prompted author to write book)
Time — State when the author wrote the book as well as what time period it covers Place — State where the author wrote the book as well as the location(s) important within the book Circumstances — Describe what was occurring that inspired the author to write the book or what motivated  the author to write the book
Tone — Describe the author's attitude towards the subject with an adjective and support with quotations (plural!) Diction — Describe the author's word choice and explain how it connects the speaker to the audience. Support with quotations (plural!) Syntax — Describe the author's sentence structure and explain how it connects the subject to the audience. Support with quotations (plural!)
Bonus Block
Complete this Block only if you read a novel by your chosen american author
Prove that you read the novel! Connect the novel to the nonfiction book you analyzed above. Include whatever you deem important, interesting, relevant, and or exciting. Of course, you must offer evidence of whatever you include: use both quotations and paraphrases that span the book.
Specifics from the novel to show that you read it.
Requirements for this block
Clear connections to the nonfiction book
Details to connect to your audience
Multiple graphic elements including at least one photo
Evidence: quotations and paraphrases that span the book
Your Name and Works Cited
Provide your name and class period in this box. Include a Works Cited that lists the nonfiction book you analyzed above and the novel if you analyzed it as well. Follow MLA guidelines for layout and format.