Sunday, March 10, 2013

Homelessness (Exploratory Essay)



How to Organize an Exploratory Essay: Possible Framework

Introduction (1 to 2 paragraphs)
•    Shows that your topic is complex, problematic, and significant
•    Explains why you are intrigued by it, and how much you know about it
•    Presents some background information about it
•    Includes a preview statement announcing the major parts of this exploratory paper

Tip: You can open with a question or build up to it, using it to end your introduction

Your First Source (2 paragraphs)
•    Introduce your first source and show why you started with this source of information
•    Give some rhetorical context and information about this source (is it a scientific source, a legal document, a political program, a testimony of an expert or professional, etc.)
o    Explain why the source is reliable
•    Summarize the source’s content and information about your topic
o    Give the facts from the source and show how it is connected to the point you’re making
•    Now, you can offer your response (or interpretation) of this source, including both with-the-grain and against-the-grain points
o    Be a “movie critic” of the information/research the source provides. Is it good info or bad info? (Not saying “I think” but still giving your opinions)
•    Explain how this source helped you understand the complexity of this topic: What did you learn from this source? What value does this source have for you? What is missing from this source that you want to consider? Where do you want to go from here?
o    Pick a couple questions that you feel like you can easily answer about your source
 
Your Second Source (2 paragraphs)
    (repeat the process explained in the bulleted points for the First Source)

Your Third Source (2 paragraphs)
    (repeat the process explained in the bulleted points for the First Source)

Your Fourth Source (2 paragraphs)
    (repeat the process explained in the bulleted points for the First Source)

Conclusion
•    Provide a closure of your exploration by explaining
➢    what do you think about this topic now
➢    how (much) your understanding of this topic has changed
•    1) Present your answer to this problem/issue based on your research and understanding
or
•    2)Explain why you still do not have a definite answer to it
or
•    3)Ask some questions that still need to be answered and suggest some further research

Say things you couldn’t say in the introduction – now, you have proven that smoking negatively affects kids, adults, people who are sitting around, environment –
Tell about how your opinion has been supported
    “it was predicted that….”

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