Book Review Questions for See Poverty… Be The Difference, by Dr. Donna Beegle
• This assignment asks students to read and think critically about the book, See Poverty… Be The Difference, by Dr. Donna Beegle. You may submit your responses to all four questions together in the form of a paper or separately, as shorter essays.
• Essays or the paper should be double-spaced, APA format. Feel free to use the question numbers and topics as headings to organize your responses. The content of your responses will be graded based upon their completeness; each response should be at least one page in length.
• For this assignment, the writing itself (in addition to the ideas/content) is important and will be evaluated.
• Please see the attached grading rubric for a more detailed description of the elements of writing that will be evaluated and the manner in which this will be done. Effective writing is a key academic skill; it takes practice.
• If you have any questions or doubts about your writing skills, or are aware writing is challenging for you, please take your paper(s) to one of the Student Learning Centers or the Writing Center – information or a links for both NAU services are in our Virtual Classroom under Student Resources.
Why did Beegle write this book? What does she say she wants to accomplish with her book? What does she want readers to get from reading the book? Make sure you explain and support any assertion or opinion you offer.
How does Beegle describe what living in poverty means? What does she want her readers to understand about living in poverty?
There are various ways to define “poverty.” If Beegle presented only the objective, black and white “facts” of poverty (income, wealth, living expenses, etc.), do you think you would have a full picture of life in poverty? For the opportunity to earn full credit, make sure you consider and describe both the external, objective aspects of poverty and the more subjective aspects of what it means to live in poverty: how poverty can affect people’s internal experience (thoughts, feelings, perceptions).
What does Beegle propose as actions for helping people get out of poverty?
You do not need to restate word-for-word each of the phases Beegle describes. Instead, make sure you consider and include the critical categories of interventions and explain how they relate to the micro, mezzo and macro systems in social work.
For example, Beegle emphasizes the importance of mentoring relationships for people living in poverty. What level does this intervention target? It targets the micro level, the individual – and seeks to help change the individual’s thoughts, beliefs and perceptions and also serves as a link to outside institutions and other resources that can also help people get out of poverty. Think about how Beegle’s mentor helped her. Did the relationship change what she believed to be true about herself and her opportunities? In what other ways did Beegle’s relationship with her mentor help her? Also, if you mention a particular action or intervention, explain why and how you think it is supposed to help people get out of poverty. Don’t simply state, “Beegle believes it’s important to make structural changes in social service organizations.” Tell me why these changes matter for poor people and how they can help.
Finally, what is your personal reaction to the book? Did reading it change anything you thought about poverty (prior to reading the book), those living in poverty and how to help people get out of poverty?