TALONS Digital Literacy #3

Midsummer Night’s Dream Character Analysis

Character Analysis Writing

Final Product

Summary:

For this project, we were put into groups and were asked to choose a character from A Midsummer Night’s Dream to analyze. My group members were Amin, David, and Mike as we chose to analyze Oberon, the king of fairies. So after reading through A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, we had to write about a few specific topics, these include: three traits that define Oberon, two wants and two fears that Oberon has, how the Oberon’s conflict(s) was resolved, and his connection to our thematic question, “What makes a good relationship?” After we each completed our assigned topics, we came together to create a poster that displayed all of our writing as well as a drawing of what we imagined Oberon would look like.

1. I use digital spaces to plan and execute collaborative projects with my peers

This project involved a lot of communication between our group members as we needed to assign tasks, edit each other’s work, and connect our writing in order for the final product to flow much better together. So we used programs like Google Docs to communicate and comment feedback on each other’s work to make sure our groups project was high quality.

3. I respond to the work or ideas of my peers in a way that is compassionate and productive

When editing each other’s work, I made sure that the comments and feedback that I gave my group members was constructive feedback that they were able to build on. For example, if a group member had trouble coming up with ideas or needed help refining more broad ideas, I always gave suggestions, but never forced any of my own ideas onto them. I didn’t want them to have to write about an idea/topic that they didn’t really know too much about or understand. I also did not insult, or reject anyone’s ideas, and instead chose to take each idea into consideration and discussed it with the group before rejecting the idea.

4. I constructively build upon or synthesize the ideas of my peers

Before we started to write, our group came together to collectively brainstorm for each person’s topic. For example, we had to come up with three traits that described Oberon the best and wrote about each trait. So, we all brainstormed as many character traits as we could. No one’s ideas were invalid or immediately rejecting. Instead, we built on, or refined everyone’s ideas. The idea of Oberon being a jealous character soon became the idea that Oberon was an emotionally driven character due to everyone building on, and refining that one idea.

7. I design my work with consideration given to aesthetics and design, such as consistent colour schemes, symmetry or organization of visual elements, and overall layout

When we put the poster together, I really took the aesthetics of the poster into consideration. First off, because the drawing of Oberon was something we couldn’t change easily, we decided to base the colour scheme of our entire poster on that image. So we ended up using blue for the background with a beige outline around the text, and a red title. We also wanted to make the poster symmetrical as possible considering that all the text had different lengths. Then before we glued anything, we made sure that we were happy with the overall layout of our poster by laying out all the pieces on the poster. Once we were sure about the layout, we then proceeded to glue down all of the cutouts.