Well, well project two. Don’t you seem daunting. When T told us we had to pick an old piece of writing to work with for the rest of the semester I was a little nervous about the pressure to pick a good piece. Coincidentally I was going home (to New Jersey, so pretty far) and would have access to my old laptop where anything I wrote before college would be. Honestly I don’t know if I would’ve been able to do this project properly if I didn’t happen to be going home for the Jewish holiday.
I have found a few pieces that I think could be good for this project, but I still don’t know, as in don’t have any real ideas at all, how I should repurpose them. T, I hope you can help me find some inspiration.
First is a paper I wrote senior year about the recurring themes of utopia in Kurt Vonnegut stories. I used two short stories and Slaughterhouse-5 as the basis for the essay and went on to explain humankind neglects to take easy steps to cure some of society’s problems and instead attempts to go to impossible lengths to achieve perfection. Perhaps I can explore this idea further using other stories about utopia, or write something about dystopia.
Next is a speech I wrote for a class I took freshman year at Michigan, with Maya actually, called “Great Speeches: Modern and Ancient”. In this class we studied classic great speeches including the Gettysburg Address among others. We would learn about the rhetorical techniques that made the speeches effective and then researched and wrote a 10-15 minute speech of our own and presented it. I wrote mine on why the legal drinking age should be lowered to 21. While I am very happy with how it turned out, because I wrote it as a speech rather than as a more formal essay, I think it could be perfect for this project. Perhaps I could argue the other side or present my original position as an infographic (though I know nothing about creating infographics).
Last but not least is a paper I wrote in high school about which character of Julius Caesar I thought was the strongest leader. It was written before I could consider myself a really strong writer and I just think I could’ve done a more thorough job with it.
I’d love some feedback, especially from T, on which of these ideas would be best for the project.