For example, in the line from Margaret Walker's "For My People," where she writes "Let a new earth rise," a student provided this image:
And for the next line "Let another world be born," he uploaded this:
The students are selecting from the large body of images on the net. Reading my students' translations of lines as well as viewing the images that they provide adds a level of engagement that was previously unavailable to me. Actually, checking their annotations this semester has prompted me to cover a wide range of visual items and ideas. Never before have I covered so many images presented by students in a literature course.
A few of the students seem to be in silent competition with each other for more and more creative deployments of images. For them, annotation is an art, not merely a typical academic exercise.
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