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In this assignment, you’ll create your own avatar — a visual representation of your online self — to send into the virtual world. Your avatar could be a lot like you: a close translation of yourself into a new visual medium. Or your avatar could be only somewhat like you: an online self who’s a strategically modified version of your off-line self. In presenting your avatar, you should use your powers of written description, especially your skills in making a character and setting come alive, as well as elements of visual representation.
Your completed assignment will include:
As you begin to think about your avatar, consider:
Don’t forget to include the basics about your avatar in your written description. What is your avatar’s name? Is your avatar’s backstory similar to or different from your own? Share your avatar’s backstory.
Rewrite the assignment in your own words. Underline any important words that help you focus on the task.
Describe the kinds of virtual worlds in which you can envision your avatar taking part. Will your avatar play games, participate in chats and forums, or represent you on a blog? To what extent do you expect your avatar to interact with other people or their avatars?
Begin to collect information about your avatar by answering the following survey from the perspective of your avatar. Remember that your avatar may be similar to you, wildly different from you, or some combination of similarities and differences. Have fun with your answers!
Place of origin:
Powers and skills:
Favorite books/movies/TV shows:
How people describe me:
How I would characterize the way I speak:
What else people should know about me:
Begin by answering the following questions:
Is there a symbol that you could incorporate into your avatar’s appearance in order to do this?
What physical details do you want your avatar to have? In what ways do you want your avatar to reflect your own physical features?
Where to Start
Types of Media
Consider the kinds of media representations you will make:
Think about how you might present your avatar using other media forms:
Do you want to:
Turning It In
Can you arrange with your teacher to turn this assignment in as a JPEG or PDF, if you create a digital image or a scan? Is there an animated clip of your avatar that you would like to post to a free file-sharing website, such as Sendspace.com? If you decide to make a physical drawing or collage, will you present the final version as a poster or on a particular type of paper? Don’t forget that your completed assignment must include the media representation of your avatar as well as a written description.
(If you are making a plan for media you want to use in the future, rather than creating the actual digital representation right now, write a description of how you would go about the above steps.)
Write two to five sentences about how you will arrange with your teacher to turn in your assignment. You should mention the form the assignment will be in (a hard-copy set of papers or PDF, for example), as well as your method of turning it in (in person, by email, or through a file-sharing website, for example). You can make your notes on the same sheet of paper that contains the sketch of your avatar and your notes about media representation.
PART 1: Reflecting on Your Media Representation
In this part of the assignment, you should explain the choices you made in representing your avatar.
Here’s an example of one kind of detail you could include: My avatar wears a cape adorned with the image of a red pen because I want to communicate that she is the superhero of correcting grammatical mistakes on the Internet.
This part of the assignment may flow directly from the first part or be presented separately.
In this part of the assignment, you should describe your avatar as a character. There are two ways you can approach this:
Here’s one example of showing versus telling:
Rules are very important to my avatar.
You won’t see my avatar online after 9 p.m.; it’s against house rules.
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