Toy Store Field Trip Assignment Handout Rationale: This assignment seeks to develop your ability to connect several sources – in this case 2 scholarly articles, 2 online sources, and your own experience on a field trip – to write a cohesive photo essay. The point or thesis you make in response to the assignment is up to you, but it should be supported by evidence and examples from the sources listed below. A photo essay uses images to drive the story. In your case, you will use images of the toys and/or toy aisles etc. to explore the readings and lecture for this week. Remember a photo essay, much like any other essay is driven by a thesis. Make sure to state yours in the beginning. You should include specific examples from the sources in every main body paragraph. Be sure to select and integrate short quotes effectively and cite all quotes and paraphrasing. Your essay should include an introduction and conclusion. Instructions: 1) Read Ruth Oldenziel, “Boys and Their Toys: The Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild, 1930-1968 and the Making of a Male Technical Domain,” Technology and Culture no 1 (1997): 60-96; and Jacqueline Urla and Alan C. Swedlunch, “The Anthropology of Barbie” 2) Explore the following two online sources: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_vault/2012/11/13/pink_science_a_travesty_with_ a_history.html http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2015/08/26/gender_labeled_toys_and_kids _what_science_tells_us.html 3) Then, go to either a large Meijer or Target or Walmart. You can choose to go in person, or you could explore their products online. If in person, walk along the toy aisles and observe the toys, their packaging, and how things are organized. Take lots of photos if you are visiting a store or download images (make sure you are legally downloading images), Synthesize what you see with the readings and online sources, and write a photo essay (double-spaced, 12 font Times New Roman or Garamond) using at least 3-6 images. When drawing on your toy store visit, you should include the name and a description of the toys discussed. You can take photos with your camera phone or a camera. Remember to include a caption to each individual photo along with a paragraph using insights from readings. Whenever possible, use terms and concepts from the readings. You can submit the photo essay as a PDF or in a .DOCX format. 4) To help you brainstorm your response, consider some of these questions: Oldenziel’s article discusses the role of toys and craft competitions in developing female children into future consumers and male children into future engineers. What examples do you see of toys that seek to achieve these aims? What does the Barbie of 2018 look like? Connect the doll with the history we learn from Urla’s article. What do the Barbie-alternatives look like and what do they say about body ideals? Having seen the toys in the store, what are children being taught about gender and who they apparently should, and should not, be? Deadline: Wednesday of Week 5 Questions? Ask Ramya or Dr. Montgomery. We are here to help!