Rieman, spring 2011 (MW)The Inquiry Sequence: A Brief Overview
Due Dates:February 16:
Preliminary Inquiry Question
Revised/New Inquiry Question
Inquiry Project Completed draft for peer workshop
April 15 (Friday):
Revised Inquiry Product dueYou will spend a good bit of the semester working what¶s called an ³Inquiry Sequence.´ It begins with aquestion²a desire to find out more about something with regard to writing (and reading). The inquirysequence draws on three ways of thinking about your question: what do you
about; what do youalready
; and what do you hope to
? The Inquiry Question is important because you¶re going to spend a lot of time this term wrestling with itin various ways, in different assignments. So it should be a question that sustains your interest; a questionthat you won¶t tire of²and a question that can¶t easily be ³answered.´
What comprises the Inquiry Sequence?
reliminary Inquiry Question
is the first step. Ask yourself what you know about readingand writing, then ask yourself what you wonder about and then figure out what you¶d like tolearn.
The next step is to collect and respond to some
, both primary andsecondary. We¶ll spend some time in the library learning how to use the library databases toconduct your secondary research. For your primary research, start asking your friends and familyquestions about your topic. See what you can figure out on your own.
nce you have some initial research and have a better grasp of your topic and of theconversations going on around it, you will
revise or invent a new inquiry
. Perhapsyour question becomes more focused, or perhaps after your preliminary research and morereading and thinking, you want to explore another topic entirely.
nce you¶ve revised your inquiry question, you¶ll
write a research proposal.
We will havewriting group conferences to go over your proposals and talk about your next steps.
nce you are clear with your research, you will conduct
and continue conductingresearch while you begin selecting sources you find useful, identifying the main ideassurrounding your topic and summarizing what you find.
nce you have a collection of reliable sources, you¶ll evaluate and analyze them and explore theconnections among them. The result of this work will be your
will offer possible answers / solutions to your question. You willworkshop this product with your writing group, talk with me about it, then turn in your reviseddraft to me for comments.
nce you get back comments from me, you¶ll reflect on the work you¶ve done and see what new questions arise from this work.