The author did a good job introducing his project and with firmly stating where he stands on the issue.
The author is very honest and writes with an informative yet informal tone.
When starting to read the text, I immediately caught on to the author's use of irony. He contrasts the careers listed, for example the clerk who files, to not having enough money. I felt that these comments made were thought provoking. My initial reaction was the the author clearly expresses his opinion regarding the American dream. He believes that it is a myth and society is responsible for poverty. Overall, from reading from three through thirteen, it appears that the majority of the author's claims will be supported by appeals to ethos and logos.
While reading these first couple of pages, the thing the stuck out most to me was the very descriptive word choice the author had used as well as his comparisons. In one of these comparisons, the author was comparing the poor community to a quarterback playing football without any protective equipment. By reading this we are shown an image of a completely defenseless person being in constant danger due to bigger, more powerful guys or a person that is always in tight situations.
It struck me that the author assumes that you know all of the “tax lingo” per say. Like when he states 1040s, EIC, and W-2. While he does vividly describe scenes and people, he seems to not delve into describing the tax lingo that many kids may not understand.
My initial reaction to The Working Poor was that the author immediately seemed capable of delving into both the analytics of poverty and the people and lives affected by the issue. The blend of both logos and pathos allows the work to appeal to a wide range of readers and their corresponding arguments and beliefs.
My initial reaction of this book is that it is going to be extremely critical and serious. I do find it kind of confusing when the author writes about taxes, W-2s forms, etc.
New Hampshire seems to be a very prominent and reoccurring state when Shipler talks about people in poverty. It seems as if over half of the people he’s mentioned and written about live in New Hampshire. Also, those who don’t live in New Hampshire tend to live in the north eastern U.S. This leads me to believe that maybe poverty occurs more in the north than in the south, but why?
Despite all of the advanced economic terminology, I feel as though Shipler contradicts his argument multiple times. Perhaps he just hasn't fully developed it yet, but the various anecdotes and the way he presents them and comments about them sends me mixed signals. I can't quite tell if he's supportive of the working poor or blames them for their own circumstances or both.
When I first stated reading I thought oh ok he's getting right into the point by telling us the irony of how the important work we need to be done is being done by those who can't even afford the work they're doing (owning a car and going to the dentist) A lot of ethos and pathos are being implied as he tells the story of poor people, living in poor neighborhoods, not being able to afford education for them and their children which will promise a successful future. I wasn't sure if Shipler was using this to bring pity to the poor or to blame them for their circumstances. Overall, I find the informal tone fitting, as if the author is saying, "Look at this 'American Dream' which has millions working minimum wage jobs, living paycheck to paycheck open your eyes America."
When I first started reading the book(mainly the preface), I assumed Shipler would have a large role; by this, I mean that when you read a nonfiction research based book like this, you assume the author will be nararating, which Shipler does, like when he talks about how "most of the working poor in this book are women". And to be fair, this isn't a bad thing. If anything, it makes the stories of those people more encapsulating, as you don't get interrupted by an outsider's two-cents.
My initial reaction was that the book was very formal and that it required some degree of knowledge in advanced math in order to understand the many facts, statistics, and data present. I also immediately realized how misguided I was on the lives of poor people. Although the book is confusing as I get further into it, i believe that it will begin to make more sense.
My initial reaction to the book is that Shipler's argument is supported by a lot of evidence. In the introduction, Shipler uses a lot of real-world examples, and facts to describe his stand on the issue. These facts and examples showed me that I had a misrepresentation of how some people are actually living.
When first reading this book, I was a bit confused over the formal tone and appeal to logos that David Shipler uses. Although the formal tone also sets his argument, it seemed to me that the book was going to get very sophisticated. Shipler also does a good job using real life examples and comparisons that help a little with the confusion.
When I first started reading the book, I noticed that Shipler included a lot of numbers and used a formal diction that only well-educated people could be able to understand. I got confused when he started talking about taxes and all the numbers he threw in seemed overwhelming, but as I continued reading, I got used to his style and the text became easier to understand.
Shipler has an informal yet emotional tone in the book and is trying to call to attention a very important issue in America today
I did not know that Shipler would use tax forms or statistics to add to and strengthen his argument.
My initial reaction in reading Shipler’s introduction was how much emotion was used in the text. From stating hypotheticals that showed the hardships of poverty, to citing particular statistics on poverty in America, Shipler made the reader feel as if they were in the shoes of the poor/less-fortunate Americans. Although the real life comparisons come off as informal, he still manages to do a good job of showing the formal, sophisticated side to the poverty issue. Overall I feel as if it was a strong start to developing his claim.
When I started reading The Working Poor I noticed the interest and passion Shipler has in the matter of poverty in the U.S. He writes in such a way I think to grab the reader’s attention. By showing how much he truly cares for the issue since people are attracted to reading things that are more compelling and emotional than a neutral and dispassionate piece. I liked the way he began the book, which was in such a way to make us relate because most of the workers he described we see almost daily.
The first thing I noticed when reading the text was the authors skill at grabbing the attention of the reader. He was somewhat emotional and used everyday services to exemplify his point.
Mrs. Theaker's students will be conducting discussions about The Working Poor by David K. Shipler here.