Wings219x300Wings, the annual collection of distinguished student essays, is in its 23rd edition, and since many first-year writing classes now include multimodal forms of composition in the coursework, students are incorporating new media and visual arts as a means to further the communication and analysis of myriad texts and mediums.

The online component to Wings reflects current trends in multimodal literacy and displays our first-year writers apt engagement of their multifaceted compositional interests and skills.

In this Wings website, we highlight a variety of projects that creatively incorporate visual arts and rhetorical analysis alongside web portfolios and blogs.

Click on any of the titles below to start reading.

College Life – Brittney Mendez. Artwork depicting a student’s thirst for knowledge.

A Different LanguageChristela Villalobos. An argument for creative writing in English classes with an interesting format.

Dystopian Society: A Reality – Ben Victor Fernandez. Multimodal essay connecting fictional dystopian societies to real life.

Ø – Ryan J. Portino. Creative narrative exploring personal loss with photographs.

Honolulu Ruins – Castano, K. Hammersley, C. Marquez, C. Nguyen. Parody of a city website welcoming visitors to dystopian society for satiric purposes.

The Legacy of Racism – Christopher Der. Hypertext version of essay from the section “A Nation Divided.”

Is There a Place for Religion? Andrea Montoya. Hypertext version of essay from the section “The Dynamics of Education.”