University of Wisconsin–Madison

04.15.16 Genius.com with Jeremy Morris

Jeremy MorrisJeremy Morris from Communication Arts shares how he used genius.com‘s Web Annotator for authentic student online annotation assignments.

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Jeremy’s genius.com Story

Jeremy’s GENIUS PROMPT: Using the technologies behind the annotation site Rap Genius (http://genius.com/), this project requires students to annotate a text of their choosing to make a critical commentary on it. As with Rap Genius’ analysis of lyrics, the annotations should provide extra information to the reader, build on the text and critically reflect on it. The annotations can be in the form of more text, links to other references or sources, images, animated gifs, etc. They can be about a specific word or term, or can summarize an entire sentence or paragraph, but they should explain the text and expand it. As with Rap Genius, the annotations can also be a mix of factual material, informed opinion, and playful commentary. That said, the annotations must also include mention of course concepts and keywords, and should make reference to at least two course texts at some point during the annotations. Use the course concepts and keywords as a way to think CRITICALLY about the documents. This project is graded not only on their ability to extend and clarify the text in the documents, but on their ability to challenge, question and reflect on the substance of the document in question using course material.

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