After reading some of my classmates’ blog posts for this assignment, I feel a bit behind in my planning and outlining for this re-purposing project. However, I feel like now that I have really found a topic I am interested in and find to be a compelling argument, I can dive into the research and multimodal resources that will help me in my writing.
Before writing my research proposal, I met with my teacher to get my ideas out verbally and to get a second opinion on them, so that I could have a little more clarity when writing my proposal. Talking with her definitely helped me, but the topics I had come to her with still weren’t sparking a passion in me that would keep me from dreading the drafting process for this assignment. My original piece that I am re-purposing has to do with my time working at a Migrant Education Program. In my re-purposing, I originally thought of talking about migrant farm work in general, in order to educate more people on the topic since I feel it is relatively unknown that migrant farm work occurs in Michigan and deeply affects the lives of the workers and their children. However, I didn’t see what my argument was in this approach. I thought, am I just doing an informational research paper? That sounds really boring, to read and to write.
Later, when I sat down to write my annotated bibliography rough draft and pick some genre sources, I knew I had to really decide what I was gonna do for my topic. Something that has interested me in the past is nomadic living in general, in part because my dad lived like this for a few years of his life and I love hearing his stories about it. After some brainstorming, I decided that it would be interesting to compare the modern nomadic lifestyle to migrant farm workers’ lives and to address the privileges held by those who choose the lifestyle of constant traveling, while migrant farm workers are not given the opportunities to choose another life. To me, this gives my paper a clear direction and argument, and excites me to think that I can learn more about nomadic living in general while still connecting it to something I have grown passionate about through my summer job.
Now, it’s time for me to start writing my shitty first draft. Since I have decided on a comparative analysis type paper, I feel like it’ll require that I do a lot of research. In the past when I have done a comparative analysis, it turned into a nine page paper, and I don’t think I want this one to be that long, especially when I consider where I want my piece to end up — which is something I still haven’t figured out. That will be my next decision in the process of writing this re-purposing assignment.