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  1. 作為一個作者,你會用什麼形容詞來描述自己?

  2. 你喜歡閱讀哪些作品? 你崇敬哪些作家?

  3. 你在學校中(小學、中學、高中、大學)最好的一次寫作經驗是什麼?

  4. 你多經常由經驗中寫作?

  5. 以作者的角度,你要如何改進?

  6. 你這學期還修了哪些其他課程?

  7. 你有修過其他的寫作課嗎(在麻省理工學院或其他地方)? 如果有,列出你修過的課程名稱及序號。

  8. 你在校內或校外參加了哪些其他的活動(工作、課外活動、志工)?

  9. 你認為你會對服務選項有興趣嗎?(下星期會有更多資訊)

  10. 有沒有其他任何事情是你作為一個學習者/思考者/作者,想要讓我知道的?

  11. 你所收到過關於寫作的最佳與最糟的建議各是什麼?

課堂10:關於芭芭拉.艾倫芮琪的《鎳幣與銀幣》(Nickel and Dimed)的討論問題
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《鎳幣與銀幣》第一版。New York : Metropolitan Books, 2001. ISBN: 0805063889.

  1. 芭芭拉.艾倫芮琪在《鎳幣與銀幣》中運用了「平行的宇宙」的意象來描述低工資的世界。這個意象運用得如何?

  2. 芭芭拉.艾倫芮琪對於當女侍的世界捕捉得如何?你要如何形容他作為一個作者的聲音?有沒有任何段落或句子看來似乎特別有力?

  3. 她的低工資工作的經驗與你的相較起來如何(如果你曾做過低工資的工作)?

  4. 艾倫芮琪如何運用外在的研究為她個人的敘事提供更大的文本?註解如何被加進內容之中?如果在短文本身就放進註解會是如何?

  5. 如果艾倫芮琪使用了較多的傳統新聞手法(訪談、觀察),這篇作品會有什麼不同?這樣的第一人稱經驗的方法適用於某些特定主題嗎?

  6. 艾倫芮琪描繪她的低工資工作經驗來為美國的福利改革立論。她的論點為何?作為一個讀者,你認為有說服力嗎?

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Session 1 Handout: Student Course Information Sheet (PDF)

Students fill out the course information sheet with the following questions on the first day of class.

  1. What adjectives would you use to describe yourself as a writer?

  2. What do you like to read? What authors do you admire?

  3. What has been your best writing experience in school (elementary, middle school, high school, college)?

  4. How often do you write from your own experience?

  5. In what ways would you like to improve as a writer?

  6. What other courses are you taking this term?

  7. Have you taken other writing courses (at MIT or elsewhere)? If "yes", list the titles or numbers of the courses you have taken.

  8. What other activities (jobs, extracurriculars, volunteer) are you involved in on or off campus?

  9. Do you think you may be interested in the service learning option? (more information next week)

  10. Is there anything else that you'd like me to know about you as a learner/thinker/writer as you begin the course?

  11. What are the best and worst pieces of advice that you've received about writing?

Session 10: Discussion Questions for Barbara Ehrenreich's "Nickel and Dimed" (PDF)

Nickel and dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America. 1st ed. New York : Metropolitan Books, 2001. ISBN: 0805063889.

  1. Barbara Ehrenreich in "Nickel and Dimed…" uses the metaphor of a "parallel universe" (p. 761) to describe the world of low wage work. How well does this metaphor work?

  2. How well does Ehrenreich capture the world of waitressing? How would you describe her voice as a writer? Are there any paragraphs or sentences that seem particularly powerful?

  3. In what ways does her experience of low-wage work compare with yours (if you've held low-wage positions)?

  4. How well does Ehrenreich use outside research to provide a larger context for her personal narrative? In what ways do the footnotes add to the text? What would it be like if the footnotes were included in the body of the essay?

  5. How might this piece have been different if Ehrenreich had used more traditional journalistic methods (interviewing, observation)? Is this method of first-person experience superior for certain kinds of topics?

  6. Ehrenreich draws upon her low-wage work experience to make an argument about welfare reform in America. What is her argument? Is it persuasive to you as a reader?

Service Learning Option (PDF)

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