Using Elit 101in a Class
Order of Reading
Materials Needed for Paper Experiments
Skills Needed for Online Experiments and Exercises
Stuff in the Hopper
Each node in Elit 101stands alone and can be used as a class module. Elit 101can be used:
Elit 101can be used in many different classes:
Order in an electronic piece usually doesn't matter. Writers should anticipate readers accessing nodes in different orders--and even interrupting a node to follow an interesting link in the text. However, your classes are in a linear, calendar order. Moreover, some of these ideas and experiments build on each other. If you are using electronic literature in a composition or creative writing course, then I suggest using simply:
This will give your students a basic understanding of the building blocks--text, images, and sound and a way to link them together.
I suggest the following order for a course:
The more pieces of your students' work that I can show on this site, the better. I will show all suitable works (keep it safe for a classroom to use). Please email me to send your works in and I will put them up.
Students learn from seeing other people's works. Students can discuss what they like and what they do not like. If they like a work, they can copy it or adapt it. Be sure to talk about why they like it and what about it works well. If they don't like a work, analyze why. This is a great way to show what will work and what won't to hone your students' skills.
All of this work is designed to be translated, so that we can have a wide range of works. I'd love to have a lot of translations of the same materials--that way students can see different variations on the themes. Please email me and I will send you the Photoshop titles--or email me the titles and I will transfer them (diacritical marks, ideograms, and all) into Photoshop.
When translating, please rename and remake the characters into your culture. Please keep the same names--when you translate "Joey" to "Jose" or "Ichiro" or... please keep that name the same in all of the nodes--please don't translate "Joey" as "Ichiro" in one place and as "Kenji" in another.
Yes, there is a rather obvious hidden agenda to this work. I hear the news and see the violence and feel helpless. Sure, I go to the antiwar protests, contribute to campaigns, etc. But on a personal level, I feel helpless. I can at least--in this work designed to translate in to many languages and to be the basis for developing the thought processes needed to read elit--put in my own small plea for peace.
There is a tightly interwoven story in most of the nodes. Your astute students will pick up on the story--ask where else these characters or these images appeared and what are the relations? Connections do not have to be tangible to be real.
Also, there is a hidden node in this piece.
I have designed the experiments to be done with a minimal amount of material and a maximum amount of substitution. When you substitute, think about how you will use the piece your class creates. Will you need to transport it for a class recital? Will you dismantle it immediately after the class? Will you put it on the board as an example of your classes' creativity? Will you send it home with a student? Adapt your materials according to your needs.
I am also keenly aware of the lack of money and supplies that teachers and students face. So I am trying to keep the material demands to a minimum.
I call for:
Unfortunately, electronic literature has a high bar to cross--the tools are not easy or intuitive. They take an immense amount of work. That is why I have created paper experiments for each rhetorical device--that way students can understand the concepts involved without having to scale the heights of multi-media software.
On the other hand, having the skills to use Flash, Dreamweaver, and other tools will make your students much more marketable in the real world. So encourage them to learn these tools.
This is beginning to get a little out of hand--every time I think I've gotten it all, I think "oh wait, I need to talk about this..." So here is a list of nodes that will be up someday when I am well and have the time. Any other devices or suggestions would be appreciated.
More Rhetorical Devices
More Writing Hints