Assessing new literacy practices is something that has not received much attention in the published literature on new literacies. We will use your own final project--a movie and two companion papers--as practice in developing relevant assessment criteria for a complex project. Below is a list of possible assessment criteria--much of it still very broad and general. Use the comments function to add to this list, to critique my suggestions and refine them more, and so on. The final set of criteria developed here will be used to evaluate your respective final projects.
(a) Digital video relates to your identity in some conceptual way. This is much more than simply stringing together a series of pictures of things that you like.
(b) Movie artifact includes multiple edits (e.g., multiple clips stitched together, appropriate added effects, careful synchronization between moving images and music as relevant/appropriate)
(c) Digital video effectively acts as a stand-alone narrative that is readily interpreted by viewers
(d) Movie artifact meets widely-accepted general technical evaluation criteria for amateur movie-making at the hobbyist level (e.g., “The French Democracy” at http://www.machinima.com/films.php?id=1407 is a good benchmark for machinima; Konoha Memory Book available via youtube.com/user/maguma is a good benchmark for AMV)
(e) The one-page synopsis of your digital video explicitly identifies how this video pertains to some aspect your identity. This text is an academic text and is highly likely to need a bibliography.
(f) The 2-3 page discussion and analysis of the extent to which your digital video meets (or doesn’t meet, or goes well beyond) key indicators for a chosen grade level in the writing and viewing/media literacy dimension of the NJ Language Arts Literacy Core Curriculum Standards (or other set of relevant standards) is included.