Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Lecture 25: Inanimate Alice Episode 5 - Student Creations

Yesterday, in class, students were given the task of creating the next episode of Inanimate Alice. Students could create whatever kind of story they preferred, but had to consider two things. One: grammar spelling, punctuation, apostrophes, etc....). Two: transliteracy. As readers of Inanimate Alice, we had to analyse the role of sound, image, interaction and text in the development of the narrative. As writers now, students included these multimodal aspects in their creations.

The students have done a wonderful job! Those who created offline stories used colour, images and pop-ups to craft different modes while those working online embedded sounds and movement in very interesting ways.

I'll add all the stories here for interested readers to peruse.

 This version by Jin features pop-up doors which open (see the penultimate page) to reveal Alice's dad with a dog:

This offline version of Episode 5 by Dana not only has images of Edmonton (Alice's current domicile), and musical notes to illustrate the addition of sound ("Oh Canada") but cleverly, Dana has replaced words with images. Rather than admiring "all the pretty" nature, Alice sees images of trees and flowers. When Alice goes skating, there's an image of a skate.


In Katie and Kamille's creation Alice is tired of her parents constantly arguing so she moves away to live on her own in Edmonton. Here too we have symbols (hockey jerseys, snowboards and mountains) as well as music (patriotically, "Oh Canada), and interaction (shivering: "brr! cold!).


Tasha came well prepared to Lecture 25 with a desk full of coloured markers, different styles of paper and other goodies. Tasha's paper is textured so gives readers a different sense when they interact (turn the pages). Tasha has, like the other writers, referred to previous episodes of Alice. A significant page is when Alice is lost and Tasha employs a black background (as in the original stories). The red writing suggests Alice's panic. See Tasha's penultimate page for an interactive puzzle that readers must complete in order to proceed. At least Brad is there to help...


Here is Scott's ppt version. Great use of multimodality: the blue letters of "cold" turn to red and cups of Tim Hortons coffee appear!

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