Catie Blackwell
10th Honors World Literature/Composition
December 2010

Multigenre Artifact 1

I chose to do a glogster for my artifact for several reasons. First of all, I have never made a glogster before, so it was a new experience for me. I wanted to try something new. Next, I thought that making a poster would be a good way to convey emotions. Through my use of colors, pictures, and fonts, I feel that I was able to convey a feeling of darkness and despair, which I imagine would be the attitude of someone who was experiencing genocide in Sudan. I used the words and phrases that I felt would do the best job of helping the reader get a good mindset of what the issue is like. One of my favorite parts of the poster was the text that read "A Government" and "A People." I positioned the text so that the words were separated by a frame around another phrase, because I wanted to show without words that the division between the government of Sudan and the people was a very bloody and conflict filled rift. I also used photographs that I had either taken and/or edited myself. I felt that doing a glogster was a quick and easy way to show the "horrors of genocide" in a creative and visually pleasing way.

Multigenre Artifact 2

John Garang Obituary

I decided that for at least one of my artifacts I wanted to spotlight a specific person from my research. John Garang was very briefly mentioned in both my book as well as the research, but he was, and still is a very important figure in the history of Southern Sudan. Because of this, I wanted to add to my knowledge of this historical figure. I chose to do an obituary because I was researching him for my third artifact, and I came across a few links to obituaries for him since he died in 2005. After a review of the list of multigenre elements I could include, I saw that I had the option to do an obituary. Since I had examples online that I could model mine after, I decided that this would be a prudent option. My obituary outlines his early life, the things that made him who he was, the positive points and high points in his life, and his cause of death. I wanted to show that he was a good Christian man who was a good leader of the country for the small time that he was in that position.

Multigenre Artifact 3

I was very excited when I saw that I had the option of making a Facebook page for my Issues in Africa wiki. I spend a good amount of my time on Facebook, so I was definitely in my comfort zone doing this. Though the page is not as authentic as it could be, I thought that the template I used did a good job of emulating Facebook's format. I was glad that I was able to do this without creating an actual page for John Garang. As with the obituary, I had access to a template so I didn't have to come up with ideas for formatting and the things that I needed to include on my own. I was able to show several important events in John Garang's career, as well as elements such as his birthplace, his wife's' name, and even a quote from Garang. I wanted to show some things that Garang had been a part of that were important in the issue of genocide in Sudan. I felt that doing this gave a face to a person that had been important in Sudan's second civil war.


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