Role of Significance in Narratives

This is a good place for us to consider where to start thinking about communicating significance of a narrative to our audience.

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Keep in special mind that it is your responsibility to “make clear” why or how this story has significance to an audience.

This can take the form, when it comes to significance, of being as simple as:

  1. Personal significance: Where what you communicate is reflective and where you communicate to your audience how the narrative has meaning to you personally

  2. Larger significance: Where you communicate a message in your story and explicitly point it out to your audience about how it has a larger meaning anyone can take away as important

  3. Both: It can be both 1 and 2.

To better help you out here, let us look at an example from Shannon Nichols short essay “Proficiency” for some guidance:

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Monday (Aug. 27) Assignment

Monday, August 27

CLASS WILL MEET

I will not be present, but I want someone to pass around and take attendance. A member of the Career Development Office will be coming to speak to you.

 

ASSIGNMENT TO WORK ON

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You will then attempt, using descriptive and vivid detail, to paint a picture of the comic book image below in words.

I am looking for a nice sized paragraph (4-5 sentences) minimum. You will type this up in MS Word document and upload that document to another Moodle Assignment link that I will have up in our Moodle Course Shell for you.

This will be done before 11:59 PM on Monday, August 27.

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Friday (Aug. 24) and Monday (Aug. 27) Game-plan

ENGL 101 Students

Friday, August 24

NO CLASS MEETING

Instead, you should log on to our Blog Site: www.whynotcomicbooks.com (you’re already here).

There you will find that I have uploaded a site page (it can be found on the top bar on the second row or near the end next to MLA Formatting) a section called They Say, I Say Chapters. In here I have uploaded a digital copy of the Introduction from an older text of the book. For attendance counting purposes for Friday I would like you to read that chapter and complete the TWO exercises at the end.

Type of your exercises into a MS Word document and then, go to Moodle.

In our main course shell you will find an assignment telling you to upload your paper to that forum, containing your answers before 11:59 PM on Friday, August 24th.

You will be given another assignment on Monday, keep an eye out for it in Monday’s Week 3 posting.

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See blog post “Using and Navigating Moodle” if you need reminder of how to log on.


Monday, August 27

CLASS WILL MEET

I will not be present, but I want someone to pass around and take attendance. A member of the Career Development Office will be coming to speak to you.

In addition, and I will post it on the blog, www.whynotcomicbooks.com, where I will have you look at a visual image/page from a comic book.

You will then attempt, using descriptive and vivid detail, to paint a picture of that picture using words. I am looking for a nice sized paragraph (4-5 sentences) minimum. You will type this up in MS Word document and upload that document to another Moodle Assignment link that I will have up in our Moodle Course Shell for you.

This will be done before 11:59 PM on Monday, August 27.

More details to come for this Sunday night.


 

If there are any questions or issues that arise, I can be reached via email, so please ask questions if needed.

How a “hook” can really draw in your audience…

Let us take a look at some of my favorite examples of introductions to Graphic Novels with interesting ways of trying to “hook” the reader into continuing on.

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The introduction here begins with visual interpretation lines from the Book of Revelation (quotations) and leads into a warning about turmoil to come as the “hook” at the end.


61O0RoyULhL._SX341_BO1,204,203,200_Opening of Flex Mentallo

This one has a kind of play on perception and reality that leads to a kind of absurd intersection that leaves one stretching their head a bit.


61O93lJKkvL._SX336_BO1,204,203,200_Opening of Whatever Happened

Simply 1-page, dialogue heavy preview of what is to come in the story with an air of mystery about the fate of Superman with image of a statue erected in his honor.


61t2a9p1F5L._SX340_BO1,204,203,200_Opening of March, Book 1

One witnesses, in B&W, the violent encountering of peaceful protestors with cops during the marches in Alabama during the Civil Rights movement. The “hook” ends with someone beaten down and page going blank in darkness.


81VWEyQoyrLOpening of Fun Home

This opening uses the relationship of a father and daughter and compares/contrasts it through the act of playing “airplane” to connect to the myth of Icarus in order to set up the “hook” that aims to inverse the original myth’s tragic outcome and warning from affecting the child to having its impact on the parent instead.