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'''Seeing/Re-Seeing the Wall: Visual and Media Analysis of the Southern US Border'''

[[Case Study Part I]]

For this part of the case study you will choose an image related to the Southern US border, the US/Mexico border. You will be doing a case study with the image using as a model, the case study conducted by Laurie Gries and described in her book Still Life with Rhetoric: A New Materialist Approach for Visual Rhetorics. Of course your case study will not be as large or complete as study, but rather you will go through the initial stages of gathering info and describing what you find. So think of this as a final product type of activity. more about going through the process and learning about doing primary research and learning to analyze the image you choose. At the end you will write up a conclusion, and even with our quick timeline you will be able to report on some good things at the end. (Your conclusion will be written as a final product.) lay out the main elements of this activity, and provide more specific details through videos and by answering questions as they come up.

*Read Chapters 6, 7, 8 & 9 of the Gries text well enough that you understand how she conducted her analysis of the image she chose, as you will be doing the same with the image you choose. (Make sure to do this before you decide on an image as you will need to include work on your image for each chapter.) One suggestion that I think will help as you use the book. Before you read the chapter, go to the end and read the conclusion first. Gries does a good job of summarizing what she has done in each chapter, so if you read that part first, you will have a context for what is coming up in the chapter and that should help you follow the info in the chapter.
*Choose an image related to our topic of the US/Mexico border and report to the class what you have chosen and why.
*For each chapter you will write what we will be calling Field Notes and Analyses. I would guess about 2 pages for each chapter. ( ask me about margins, font size, etc. as those things have negative connotations relating to what real writers do, and they put me in a negative mood. Focus more on doing the work of finding information about your image, and doing the best analysis of the image that you can.) You will have two weeks to work on this part so you should be able to produce a good product at the end.
*For each chapter, you will write about your image including the same type of information/analyses that Gries writes about the Obama Hope image. You certainly be able to do all that she has done, but you will want to make sure you cover the main elements that Gries does. Label each part by chapter, and use the same headings as Gries does, and then write your info under each heading. So for Chapter 6 you would put at the top of your notes, 6, and you would include headings such as (Name of Your Image) (to introduce your image and provide content for the reader to use for the rest of your project), Distribution Tactics, etc. Again we looking at this as a finished, polished product, so focus on getting the info and recording it in your Field Notes and Analyses. Write in such a way that the info will make sense to our class as your readers.
*How you use each chapter will vary based on what image you choose as well. For example, a big part of the story of the Obama Hope image relates to the topic of Chapter 7, Use and Copyright. The image you choose may not have a history of fair issues, but you will need to cover the topic in your notes in some way that relates to your image. It could be that there are similar images/issues that connect to fair use and you could use those. Gries points to other examples in her discussion. Or if you find anything that will directly connect, you could talk about how the issue of fair use might effect classroom use of your image, for example, if you decide to use it in a class you may teach.
*Read Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 and take notes so that you can summarize and describe for our readers in a few pages (about 2 pages) what the New Materialist Rhetorical (NMR) approach is, how it is used, and how you are using it in your project. Now you may be wondering why I did not have you read these chapters first. try to explain. If I had you start with the theory, you would all complain that it is too hard. one reason. But I also think that having you do the work of the actual project first, will provide you with some context that might help you make better sense out of the theoretical parts. So we started with the how to do it, doing the actual case study work, and now we are looking at the why we are doing the research, the methodological part.
*The next written section of your project will be the methodology part. We will use the same methodology that Gries does, the NMR approach. In the methodology section, a researcher describes what method is being used. So you will need to describe what NMR is, the theoretical foundations on which the method builds, what conversations the method is useful for, and how it works (explain this is detail so that the reader could recreate the process). Also talk about how you have used the NMR approach in the work you did for what you wrote in the Field Notes and Analyses section.
*Now, go back to the Field Notes and Analyses section and review what you have written. Do two things as you review. First, add and make changes based on what you have learned about NMR. Add in info/explanation that will make what you are presenting make more sense. Hopefully, the info on the NMR approach will provide you with more confidence/context with which to write about your image.

'''Very Important Note''': Follow the documentation style used by Gries. You must fully document all work that is not primary research that you have completed.