Visual Rewrite

Rewrite Assignment

Rewrites are always encouraged and necessary, but sometimes they’re also actually assigned and required. The Visual Rewrite is an assigned rewrite, with its own category, cleverly named: Visual Rewrite.

Part of your Portfolio

7 of the 8 components of your Portfolio are related to or derived from your semester-long Research Argument.

  • The 3000-word Research Position Argument
  • Two of the three Short Arguments that contribute material to your Research Argument
    • The Definition Argument and the Definition Rewrite
    • The Causal Argument and the Causal Rewrite
    • The Rebuttal Argument and the Rebuttal Rewrite
  • The Annotated Bibliography of 15 sources (or more) that you will export from your White Paper
  • A Self-Reflective Statement
  • And finally, the one assignment NOT related to your Research Argument:
    • The Visual Rhetoric Rewrite.

Rewrite Procedure

  • Ask for feedback if you want it and haven’t received it.
  • By all means read the comments I have left for your colleagues and the exhaustive advice I have compiled in a post called “How Much Detail is Enough?


  • Above all, this is a VISUAL ANALYSIS assignment. If your readers cannot easily visualize the scenes you’re describing, revise your post until they can.
  • Not only describe the visuals; you must analyze the Visual Rhetoric.
    That means answering the basic questions: “Why did the filmmakers choose this shot, this costume, this setting, this sequence of events, this etc.?” In other words, what argument does the video make, and how persuasively does its author make it?
  • Use the Time-Stamp technique to guide your professor through the video.
  • Include a link to your video so your professor can follow the visuals.
  • Title your post Visual Rewrite—Username.
  • Publish your analysis in the Visual Rewrite category.


  • DEADLINE: THU NOV 12 (11:59pm WED NOV 11)
  • Receives a Portfolio Grade