Segment 3 Project: Exploratory Essay Word Count: 1300-1600 Draft Due: Sunday, Ma
Segment 3 Project: Exploratory Essay Word Count: 1300-1600 Draft Due: Sunday, May 8th @11:59pm About the Project: In this project, you will write an Exploratory Research Narrative based on the text you wrote about in your Rhetorical Analysis. Exploratory writing is one of the first ways we reflect on what we are learning from what we read and a good way to talk about connections between different parts of a conversation about an issue. The purpose of this paper is to gain initial practice in academic research, to gain initial practice in putting texts/sources into conversation with one another and listening to multiple voices in a conversation, and to gain a deeper understanding of an issue through exploration. To be successful, the Segment 3 project must do the following:  Include accurate and effective summaries of the new sources being explored (total of 3 summaries: your initial source text and your two new sources)  Discuss the conversation being explored, demonstrating how your thinking about it has deepened as a result of your reading and research. This will involve discussing what you have learned, as well as posing questions and sharing ideas.  Put some ideas into conversation with one another, incorporating direct quotes effectively when necessary.  Provide some reflection on your research process and strategies used.  Your work should also demonstrate clarity and organization and convey academic ethos by being relatively free of grammatical and mechanical errors. How to Write This as a Paper: Find two (or three if you prefer) new texts or rhetorical artifacts related to your initial film/episode/podcast/article. Use these texts to explore the conversation on the topic being discussed and write about the new information they present. Write a 1300-1600-word essay in which you summarize the texts, explore the points of view presented by the texts, and reflect on how these new voices in the conversation have expanded your thinking. This essay is not thesis driven. You will not have an argument for or against an issue. You will not be defending or attacking an author, text, or claim. Instead, this essay invites you to explain to your reader how these texts have shaped your thinking about the issue and deepened your understanding of the conversation. It asks you to contemplate what is valid or useful, but also what is problematic, about the points each text raises. Your essay can and should raise questions, and you will include questions in the paper. Guiding Questions for “in-between” aka exploratory paragraphs (aka, the good stuff) Think of this paper as a research narrative in which you map your process. Explain where you began, where you went from there, what you find, and what you think about those findings.  What new perspectives, ideas, stakes, have I learned from this source?  How has this source shifted my perspective on the issue at hand?  Is this text in direct controversy or opposition to another one of my sources?  What is missing from the source that I would still be interested to know more about?  How does this text relate to the other texts I am writing about and reading?  What is my initial response to this source?  Why is this source a valuable piece of information?  How is the form of this source (ie, article, video, TV show, etc) affecting the way it communicates its message with audiences?  Is this text rhetorically similar or different to others you are finding? **This list is not exhaustive! What are some other questions you might ask that could lead to engaging exploratory paragraphs? Criteria for Choosing New Texts:  The source is robust enough to provide plenty of new information  The author/rhetoric/organization is credible/trustworthy  This text offers new information, a new perspective, has a different rhetorical situation, etc from the original text you are starting with  The text has enough substance (length, density) to be useful in your exploration  You like this text enough/it interests you enough to fuel your exploration of the text Format Guidelines: - Left-Aligned MLA Heading with your First and Last Name, Assignment Title, Instructor Name, and Due Date -Microsoft Word Document (You can Word get this for free as a UWM student) -1-Inch Margins -12 point Font-Times New Roman, Calibri, Helvetica or Georgia (Something easy to read) -Double-Spaced

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