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Studying Graffiti and Street Art through a Course Blog

Professor Leontis incorporated a blog into her first year writing seminar on graffiti or street art so her students could experience the composition process in a variety of modalities.




Artemis Leontis, PhD

Classical Studies Professor and Current Chair


Professor Artemis Leontis added a blogging assignment to her course Classical Studies 121, Writing on the Wall, as a way to give students an opportunity to curate material objects, both in physical as well as online environments, and make rhetorical decisions, and compose in a variety of modalities.

Initial assignments included creating proper online citations, analyzing one’s path of inquiry, writing as performance, and developing a relationship with the audience. The final project of the term involved digitally curating a collection of five to ten graffiti pieces with a theme and embedding them in a text that explained the student’s methods and choices in the composition process.

We discussed her experience in a recent interview.


Related Links

Read the ISS Newsletter article featuring Professor Leontis.
Check out the course blog, Graffiti Through the Looking Glass


Related Materials

Check out information related to Professor Leontis' course blogging assignment, part of Classical Civilization 121 (FA16), a freshman writing seminar.

Instructor Samples

Course Syllabus: Classical Civ 121, Writing on the Wall

Blog Post Assignment Details: Essay 4: Blogging Assignment

How To Information

M+Box: a repository for images related to student work 
Box at U-M Learning Resources

WordPress: a free authoring tool for websites and blogs
ISS Website: Using WordPress in the Classroom


Related Articles

From Written to Digital, The New Literacy, Educause Review

Using Blogs in the Classroom, U-M LSA Sweetland Center for Writing