a. What was the central idea of the visual
b. Describe the visual using spatial order (A paragraph on spatial order is offered at the end of this document.)
c. What feelings or knowledge may the readers take away from this visual? This is your thesis statement and should relate to your analytical/critical response to the visual more so than the description of the visual.
2. Paragraphs two through four: Response, analytical/critical
a. Did the author produce a compelling image with a clear message?
b. Give a basic run down of the rhetorical situation surrounding the visual: the author’s biographical details, the demographics of the intended audience, the purpose of the visual, and the context in which it was created.
i. Who was the author? What social or political issues was the author interested in? How old was the author? What other visuals did the author create that were similar? Who, if anyone, commissioned the author to create the visual?
ii. Who was the author trying to reach with this visual? What parts of the visual make you believe that the author was trying to reach a particular demographic for his audience?
iii. What history or social issue was going on when this visual was created? In your opinion, did the history or social issue that you described drive the author to produce the visual? If so, why?
c. What questions does the visual leave you and the audience with?
a. Summary of main points from paragraphs two through four of your essay
b. Restatement of thesis, not necessarily in the same exact words as used in the introduction
c. Look to future research on the visual
1. Rough draft submitted to the rough draft discussion board for review by your peers.
2. View a sample MLA paper on the Purdue Writing Lab website, and format your essay accordingly.
3. Final draft typed in MLA format and submitted to the assignment link on the due date.
A Useful Description of Spatial Order
A spatial ordering covers the parts of a document in the order the eye is likely to scan them. This is different than chronological order, for that is dictated by pages or screens where spatial order concerns order amongst a single page or plane. There are no unwavering guidelines for this, but you can use the following general guidelines.
• Left to right and top to down is still the normal reading and scanning pattern for English-speaking countries.
• The eye will naturally look for centers. This may be the technical center of the page or the center of the largest item on the page.
• Lines are often used to provide directions and paths for the eye to follow.
• Research has shown that on web pages, the eye tends to linger in the top left quadrant before moving left to right. Only after spending a considerable amount of time on the top, visible portion of the page will they then scroll down.