Hey people, help me out ---- my first sequence was about education (or college). I'm about to get papers from them and on that day that I don't really have any readings due or whatnot, and while I could find something relevant and copy it and we could read it and analyze it in class, one of the other postdocs just suggested that I show them a video in class instead. Excellent. *tents fingers together evilly.* So, give me suggestions!
The next sequence I'm actually sticking to the crappy anthology, and using their whole "personal narrative" crap sequence. I am not going to let them write a personal narrative, since a) I don't like them b) I don't need to hear any more about the Bible than I absolutely have to and c) they are already pretty good at the genre of personal narrative and need work on actual analysis and argument. Instead I am having them compare and contrast personal narratives under the theme of "changes in identity" (or the evolution of one's identity). We'll see how that goes. I have very little hope that it will go well, but there it is.
What I would love are suggestions of video or film texts that can fit into a 1-hour period and somehow be a good conversation-starter for this sequence on "changes in identity." (Ideally I'd like something on why we read and write about personal narratives; yes that's really more of an article that I need to find but anything to help students conceptualize or complicate the idea of identity would be great.)
Any suggestions? One postdoc brought in an episode from Battlestar Galactica (a tv episode would be the perfect length), another has been showing Old Spice commercials for rhetorical analysis. What can you think of that I could bring in on the day their essay is due?
If you throw out enough suggestions I can just show movies the whole next month and actually get my job apps out --- whoo-hoo!