Reading Responses: The Progressive Growth Of Poverty In America (Book Review Sample)
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Read: Introduction and Chapter 1 in $2 a Day by Edin & Schaefer and response the following questions In 2 double-spaced pages!
A) Identify 2 important findings or main points the author(s) discuss in the reading, B) Why are these two findings important to the wider society as a whole? What are the implications of these findings? C) One concept you'd like to question the author about or would like to know more about.
Grading Rubric for Reading Responses:
A) Identify 2 important findings or main points the author(s) discuss in the reading.
Worth 4 points: Students should pick out two central concepts, points, or findings rather than ancillary points.
B) Why are these two findings important to the wider society as a whole? What are the implications of these findings?
Worth 6 points: This should be the majority of the response. Students should discuss these two points in more depth and you can also bring in content from the lecture material, but this is not required. Students should expound upon why these two points are important to society or the implications of these points. For example, how do these issues not only affect the very poor but everyone else in society as well? You can talk about policy, or how these issues affect other institutions in society. It should not be your opinion only. It should be based on other sociological or social science content. If it seems like you are writing simply a chapter summary, the response will be docked by at least 2-3 points.
C) One concept you'd like to question the author about or would like to know more about.
Worth 2 points: Students should come up with a relevant question or issue/concern that is tied to the reading. It should be something not directly answered by the authors already. The question or issue would ideally be something that would spark discussion in class.
$2 a Day
The $2 a day is a book that was written by Enid and Luke on the progressive growth of poverty in America. The book discusses the various issues that poor people go through in order to survive. She (Enid) gives an example of Madonna a single parent and her daughter who go for days without food but spoiled milk they receive from the anonymous donor. In the book, she points out how many million children suffer from the low wages received by their parents. The welfare reform addressed by the book shows that there has been a spike rise in the number of households with kids exposing incomes of $2 less per head.
It gives various examples of people who live below $2 a day and how the numbers increased several years after. It also addresses the policy signed by Bill Clinton where the poorest person is still affected by this policy in America.
A labor market that gives low-wages and fails to deliver a livelihood, and the hidden setting of survival strategies that is growing among America's extreme poor are the major discoveries or findings that Edin and Luke. Her book reveals the poverty levels in America that very few believed exists. Edin makes the two findings after a two-decade research on poverty families in Chicago. Her book expounds on the importance of income inequality. She noticed the way many households lived on almost no income. An example is Susan of Chicago who lived in a three-bedroom house with five more people. The low wage labor market is depicted by Devin who has hopes for an upcoming job which pays $8.50 per hour but cumulatively does not help raise the poverty line of the people he lives with.
Others depend on donating their own body part and fluids like Jessica in order to a living. Her family would lack earnings to cater their expenses if she did not donate blood twice a week at Tennessee in a local donation center. Another single-family of a mother and her teenage daughter in Chicago, survived by drinking spoiled milk for days.
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