Yujin Kim

Organization of Ideas and Idea Development

In order to practice writing the proposal, we had a lot of writing exercises that practiced bringing and connecting plays into real-world situations. For example, we had to connect the play Paul Robeson by Phillip Hayes Dean and put the play into a bigger picture into the real world. Therefore, I connected the play with James Earl Jones, one of America’s most distinguished actor from the mid- nineteen hundreds, by first researching his background and the contemporary time period. As Jones was in the theatre world, his hearings and thoughts of Paul Robeson in similar situations as him made him try to make a difference in the world. With that information, I wrote the following text to connect, using the skill of known-new chain that we had learned from the previous class session:

“During the time of James Earl Jones’s early childhood, the ideals of segregation and racism led him into the theatre world, making a difference in the society. Through his own independent thinking differing the overall thoughts, the significance of Paul Robeson’s influence in the early 20th century made more impact on the latter half of the century, leading James Earl Jones represent in the now well-known play , “Paul Robeson” by Phillip Hayes Dean. Both of their roles in the theatre challenged the views of the contemporary society, making a difference in the public mind in the equality of men through the theatrical world.”– (Paul Robeson Free-write)

In this text, it shows that the idea of organization in idea development was used as I started the paragraph with Jones’s views and perspective of the society to connect with the following sentence of how he used that motivation through his acting career, starting with his role as Paul Robeson in Phillip Hayes Dean’s play. He used his skills and connections through the theatrical world to spread his message and make an influence in the society. The organization of the ideas in the paragraph shows progression from Jones’s motivation to his actions. However, this organization of ideas would not have worked if the technique of known-new chain was not involved. There needs to be connection between the sentences in order for the organization to have an affect in presenting the message to the readers.

When I was connecting ideas and sentences in the known-new chain technique in my proposal and exhibition, I realized that during the changes, I was also working on improving the organization of ideas and idea development at the same time as well. In order to connect ideas, it requires specific arrangements and organization of the sentences, which results in idea development through the essay from a general to specific focus. Although I worked on the structural level of the organization of sentences to make the known-new chain within sentences, I realized that known-new chain can also be used to organize the ideas of evidence.

“Tensions in Chicago divided the city of black and white community, which significantly cleaved the social aspersions in the state, leaving Chicago America’s most segregated city. Segregation of housing, socioeconomics, schools, and other social values were divided that did not comply to the American goal of all equality. For Lorraine Hansberry personally experienced the battle within the contemporary time period, she depicts the reality of the African American middle-class, expressing the internal struggles of breaking down the past and challenging the upbringing of the struggles that exists in families, class, and identity, which were submerged by the Civil Rights Movement.” – (Second half of Introduction of Proposal)

In the first draft of my proposal for the curated exhibit, I explained that I have evidence that shows segregation persisting in Chicago since the 1950s as socioeconomic and geographical tensions. However, I did not have a specific order, or any thought to develop it but just state the facts that segregations still exists. Although having a lot of evidence to prove a point is great to support a good, general writing, making the evidence all relate to each other and supporting each other makes the writing a strong essay. I realized that I had provided great supportive evidence for my theme, but as I was trying to reflect this skill through the proposal, I could not find a way to make a stronger proposal.

However, through the presentation, I rearranged the order of the evidence and connected the ideas that my first evidence of housing segregation placed the black and white communities initially in the 1950s, in which the school communities resulted naturally into a segregation system. Due to the physical separation, the spilt maintained over the fifty years, leading up to the current social segregation between the white and black communities that we have today.

It is shown here through one of my featured artifacts, my Curated Exhibition, the connection between the evidences to fully carry my message/theme to the audience a lot better to the readers.