WRIT101 Penn State University Affordable Housing and Working Poor Questions

Low-stakes: Exploration of Research Topics

See the list below of numerous potential research topics you may choose to pursue for the main assignments this quarter. Examine them and then answer the questions below as best you can. This a low-stakes exercise meant to get you thinking about your research interests and processes. These interests almost surely will change and evolve as the quarter progresses.

TOP 3 TOPIC CHOICES:

Describe your top three choices for your 39C research and explain the relevance of each topic to Evicted. What is your favorite topic and what interests you about this topic? What obstacles do you think you might face in doing research on that topic?

RESEARCH YOU’VE COMPLETED SO FAR:

Describe the kind of research you’ve done in order to search for a 39C topic, making sure to distinguish between online research and in-person library research. (Note: It is perfectly OK if you have not done much research on topics at this point.) What kinds of researchable questions do you have in mind regarding your potential topics?

INTERESTS YOU WOULD LIKE TO EXPLORE IN RELATION TO 39C:

Give two examples of topics you’d like to study in 39C that you feel are only tangentially related to Evicted, especially in the case that you are very eager to study a tangentially related topic.

HOW DO YOU PICTURE THE THREE MAIN ASSIGNMENTS IN 39C IN RELATION TO YOUR RESEARCH?

Read the prompt for the Historical Conversations Project. List 3 challenges you picture facing as you progress through the stages of writing and research in 39C. How do you plan to face these challenges?

TOUCHING BASE ON YOUR CONFIDENCE ABOUT WRITING AND RESEARCH:

Write a few sentences about your confidence in yourself as a writer and researcher, and then write a question for your instructor based on your feelings of confidence or lack of confidence and what kind of guidance you would like to receive.

Writing 39C: Potential Research Topics*

  1. Eviction and poverty
  2. Homelessness and women
  3. Affordable housing
  4. Housing and segregation
  5. Fair Housing Act
  6. Race and housing
  7. Federal housing programs
  8. Public assistance
  9. Vouchers
  10. Housing and health
  11. Children and eviction
  12. Moving
  13. Working poor
  14. Waiting and poverty
  15. Suburbs
  16. Housing and criminality
  17. Scarcity
  18. Suburban blight
  19. Eviction and mental illness
  20. Housing laws in USA
  21. Domestic violence/violence against women
  22. Protest/ political movements
  23. Trailer parks
  24. Housing and technology
  25. Roads and city planning

*Keep in mind that you certainly aren’t limited to any one of these and that ALL of these are generalized and will require a great deal more narrowing of the focus before you begin your project. Whatever you choose, it should relate to a specific contemporary event/policy/law/movement, etc.

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