Muhlenberg College Fall 2019

Week 5

Documentary Work: Responsibilities

We’re continuing this week with Coles, moving on to Chapter 2: The Person as Documentarian.  There is no sharp break between Chapters 1 and 2. The conversation about location continues in this chapter as well, building on those early discussions in the first chapter. Get a good honest start in the chapter.  Read slowly, take notes, connect back to the previous chapter, to Agee, to Stranger with a Camera.  It’s a little under 40 pages. Pace yourself to finish the entire chapter in the next week and a half.

We’ll be doing some in-class writing activities Tuesday.  Please bring a working thesis statement to class.  These can be questions, tentative statements, or ideas you’ve already blogged about.  Our time in class will focus on honing your thesis statement and ensuring that this thesis anchors and frames your essay.

On Thursday, we will dedicate class to further discussion of the responsibilities of documentarians as presented in Coles, chapter 2. There is no blog post due this week. Direct your energies towards your first essay!  Guidelines for Essay 1 are posted under Week 4 here and essays are due Friday, September 27, by noon.