For a final project in my writing classes, I assign a short call-to-action video on the topic students have been researching all semester. It's supposed to be a simple slide show with voiceover narration - not a music video. Images have to be public domain, noncopyrighted, or the students' own photos.
Objective: to raise their awareness of how word and image create meaning when you put them together. Also how to use them persuasively. The term for this is visual rhetoric.
I have my own research topic (mythology of the American cowboy) and do all the assignments first, to show the class what I've got in mind for them to do. This was my stab at the video assignment:
Read the Book from Ron Scheer on Vimeo.
"Read the Book" is for sections of the course in the social sciences and arts and humanities. The "Stamp Out TB" video that comes up next is for students from the health sciences.
Coming up: Andre Dubus, Broken Vessels