Digital Project on Sway
Using Microsoft Office’s free storytelling app Sway, students will create a digital project considering either Seinfeld's themes, narrative structure, historical significance, character types, ideology, fandom, or anything else related to the series that interests them.
- Thesis/proposal: via email by 11PM Sunday, August 7 (SAMPLE THESES)
- Project: on Sway by 11PM Sunday, August 21
Your digital project should:
- clock in around 1,000 words for undergrads and no more than 2,000 words for grads (the more succinct, the better!)
- span at least 20 "cards" (for undergrads) and 30 "cards" (for grads) including images, screengrabs, tweets, clips, GIFs, stills, etc. that function as supporting evidence for the thesis; all should be identified formally in a Works Cited
- feature a catchy title (headline) that draws the reader into the essay and reflects the writer’s overall argument
- include a tagline or subheading (dek) after the title; this is a blurb or sentence usually in smaller font (but in a larger point font than the main body) that reveals what the project is about
- feature your name
- contain a clearly stated thesis that is a) arguable, meaning one could agree and disagree with it); b) able to be supported with evidence (Intro and Thesis: Guide)
- be formatted for the web, e.g., short paragraphs, sections/divisions with headings describing content therein, varying fonts/sizes/colors to indicate titles and divisions, etc.
- refrain from providing lengthy summaries of the series/episodes; assume your audience is familiar with it/them
- hopefully possess a clear voice within the style of academic writing, e.g., funny, formal, snarky, colloquial, empathetic
- close with a conclusion that not only restates the thesis, but also makes the reader think further about the subject matter, Seinfeld, the 1990s, or TV in general
- include a Works Cited, listing episodes cited in the project and any other sources used to support or refute your argument (e.g., our textbook, supplemental readings on D2L, tweets, images, videos, Tumblr posts, message boards, etc.)
Sample Sway Project
This Sway runs roughly 900 words and includes 28 "cards."