Grading final unessays for my Contemporary American Lit class, which is always a delight. One of my favorite unessays so far (on Ling Ma's _Severance_) is a collection of social media accounts for various characters, as well as the contents of one character's Notes app. The novel is in many ways a meditation on connectivity through technology, so this approach fits perfectly.
For those who asked, here are the guidelines to the unessay project: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UJHZUhFFTyRumdkuRdlBRR43tTCGld0AaEtFE8wpkWI/edit?usp=sharing
@samplereality oh wow
I long for the day when the unessay is the default form of essay assignment
not sure what we'd call that synthesis, but I'm happy to leave that to future generations
when I tried to offer something similar to my students last semester, they were all kinda afraid of it, because I probably didnt give good examples or clear enough instructions - this write up is really well done, thanks for sharing!
@tobbsn This was the 3rd time I've done an unessay, so I had some good examples to share. But yeah, even then, it freaks some students out.
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