1.How has the author’s initial thinking developed, changed, or shifted from the beginning of the essay to the end?

What is the Exploratory Essay and How Do I Write in this Genre

Answer the following using the sample Exploratory Essay”. You will need to print the essay out and bring it to class with you as you will need to write on the essay.
Introduction
1.What is the research question?
2.Why does it matter?
3.How does the question relate to the author?
4.What do they expect to find?

 

Content and Structure: For three of the sources the writer uses, identify
1.A brief (1-2 sentence) summary of source
2.Why the author uses the source? (what leads them there)
3.How does the source develop, complicate, change, etc. their way of thinking about the research question?

 
Conclusion
1.How has the author’s initial thinking developed, changed, or shifted from the beginning of the essay to the end?
2.What questions are they left with?
3.Why does the topic matter?
4.Did they arrive at a thesis? If so, what is it?

 

Structure
1.Highlight each place in the essay where the author discusses why they chose a particular source
2.Circle each time the author uses the word “I”
3.What will you have to do differently when writing in this particular genre? What do you expect will come easily to you? What do you expect will be difficult?
4.If you were to define what an exploratory essay includes, looks like, and what its purpose is, what would you say?


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