Brainstorming Ideas & Work for Monday
In Class Work: In your journal, start listing all the places you can think of that you might write about. Don't stop listing, even if you already know what you want to write about -- generate as many ideas as you can. (NOTE: If you are doing this at home, please set a timer for 5 minutes and generate as many ideas as you can possibly come up with, even if you already know what you plan on writing for paper 1.)
Get into your workshop groups and share your top three or four ideas with each other. Ask questions and discuss which direction you may want to head. Tell your peers what you think of their ideas -- which ones would you want to read?
For Monday, January 23
Go through the list you generated in class, circle your top five choices. Add notes or additional lists that explain what you know about this place, why it is a good choice for this paper, and why you are interested in this place as a subject for your paper.
Read: Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed, Chapter 1: Serving in Florida (The introduction is worth reading if you have the time.)
As with the Susan Orlean readings, pay attention to how the author brings you into the story. What scene setting details does she include in her writing. How does this work speak to something larger? Even those this book was written almost 20 years ago, it really made a mark and seems to still carry its weight in terms of the social commentary offered. She has continued to write about the struggles of surviving on minimum wage, and has used the book as a platform for keeping this important conversation going. Here's an excellent article she wrote in 2014 for Atlantic, if you are interested in reading more.