EXPLORATORY ESSAY-091 - Exploratory Essay Exploratory...

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Unformatted text preview: Exploratory Essay Exploratory Inquiry Essay Primary Goal of Exploratory Essay Primary To uncover some of the complexities of the issue and then To consider the strengths and weaknesses of various positions To enlarge or widen your vision about the topic. Build from Annotated Bibliography Build Choose three sources from bibliography to summarize more thoroughly. Make sure three sources (may use three new sources) present three different positions on the issue or three different ways of looking at the issue. For Each Source--Evaluate For Who is the author? Is he or she credible for you? Why? How does the author build ethos? What is the source? Who is the intended audience for the source? How does the author cover the issue? What is the exigence for him or her? What is the main claim of the article? Are there any subclaims? Is the claim clearly stated or did you have to infer what the argument was about? What type of evidence does the author use to support his or her position? Does the author incorporate pathos and logos? In a Summary Include In Include a few direct quotations to help make points. Show major claim and subclaims State clearly who believes the position is true or valid. • Do not over­quote. Outline for Exploratory Essay Outline Introduction • Introduce the issue. • Explain why the issue is compelling to you or why three positions were selected. Remember, the exploratory is your opportunity to report what others have said about the issue and how the positions fit together (or not). • Show the importance of the issue • Provide a thesis incorporating the three positions Do they represent contrasting viewpoints? Outline for Exploratory Outline Body • Position 1 Summarize article showing position 1. Who believes this position and why. Position should show possible answers about your issue. Be sure to provide support for the validity of the position – not whether you agree or disagree. Be objective in your reporting of the position. Outline for Exploratory Outline Body • Position 2 Summarize article showing position 2. Who believes this position and why. Position should show possible answers about your issue. Be sure to provide support for the validity of the position – not whether you agree or disagree. Be objective in your reporting of the position. Outline for Exploratory Outline Body • Position 3 Summarize article showing position 3. Who believes this position and why. Position should show possible answers about your issue. Be sure to provide support for the validity of the position – not whether you agree or disagree. Be objective in your reporting of the position. Outline for Exploratory Outline Conclusion • Provide reasons for your interest • Explain your choice of positions and why that is your position Works Cited/References • Three sources that lend credibility to the paper. • Use correct MLA/APA style of documentation per instructor guidelines Failure to use MLA/APA correctly weakens your ethos and leaves you open for logical rebuttal Other Concerns Other Cite sources clearly throughout essay. Create smooth transitions between positions. Coherence is the logical agreement among parts – make sure your essay has coherence Do not use second person you or you unless in a “direct quote” Follow MLA/APA style of formatting – for a visual sample see pages 446+ for MLA and pages 469+ for APA. • Do not assume reader will follow your train of thought when moving from paragraph to paragraph – be specific and name the author. ...
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This note was uploaded on 10/23/2009 for the course ENG ENG 112 taught by Professor Rebeccapumphrey during the Spring '09 term at Ivy Tech Community College.

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