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Inquiry Paper sequence Final(MW)

Inquiry Paper sequence Final(MW)

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Rieman, spring 2011 (MW)The Inquiry Sequence: A Brief Overview
 
Due Dates:February 16:
Preliminary Inquiry Question
March 2:
Revised/New Inquiry Question
March 16:
Research Proposal
March 28:
Annotated Bibliography
April 4:
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
wonder 
about; what do youalready
know
; and what do you hope to
learn
? 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?
y
 
The
P
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.
y
 
The next step is to collect and respond to some
preliminary research
, 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.
y
 
O
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
 
question
. Perhapsyour question becomes more focused, or perhaps after your preliminary research and morereading and thinking, you want to explore another topic entirely.
y
 
O
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.
y
 
O
nce you are clear with your research, you will conduct
more research
and continue conductingresearch while you begin selecting sources you find useful, identifying the main ideassurrounding your topic and summarizing what you find.
y
 
O
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 
annotated bibliography
.
y
 
Your 
Inquiry
P
roduct
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.
O
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.
 
 
H
ow do I get started with my Inquiry Question?
 Think about writing and all it entails. What are you curious about? What do you want to know moreabout? What confuses or puzzles you? What do you want to know about writing in your discipline? Goback and have a look at your Reading Blog, your Writing to Explore pieces, and read through your daybook entries. Peruse the table of contents in your textbook for some ideas.You should know that it's not easy to pose a good, interesting question, and it will probably take youseveral tries before you figure out what it is you're ultimately going to be exploring. Think of it as aworking question, one that will be refined and revised multiple times.
P
reliminary Inquiry Question and Guidelines (Due Feb. 16)
 Write a ~2-page response to the following:a) What is your working Inquiry Question?b) Why are you asking it? How is it related to what you¶ve read and thought about in class thus far?c) Why does this question interest you?d) What do you already know about the issue(s) surrounding this question? (If you don't know a lot, that's
OK 
. Say so.)e) How did you arrive at this question?f) What related questions are occurring to you now that you've begun to think on paper about your question?g) What else seems important to jot down now, so that you'll remember it later? 
Revised / New Inquiry Question and Guidelines (Due. March 2)
 Write a ~2-page response to the following:a) What is your revised or new working Inquiry Question?b) How is it different from your preliminary inquiry question?c) Why are you asking it? How is it related to what you¶ve read and thought about in class thus far?c) Why does this question interest you?d) What do you already know about the issue(s) surrounding this question? (If you don't know a lot, that's
OK 
. Say so.)e) How did you arrive at this question?f) What related questions are occurring to you now that you've begun to think on paper about your question?g) What else seems important to jot down now, so that you'll remember it later?
Research
P
roposal Guidelines (Due March 16)
This document should be more substantial than the two inquiry question proposals (2-4 pages), andgrounded in the fundamentals of the inquiry sequence as you articulate what you
wonder 
about, what youalready
know
and what you hope to
learn
. You want to clearly detail how you arrived at this question,why it¶s important to you, and think ahead to what kind of research you need to do and what you think this final product will look like. You will turn in this document to me and members of your writing group.The next week we will have a writing group conference where we review each person¶s proposal.Address the following questions:a) What is your Inquiry Question?b) What finally led you to this question? Explain its evolution. If there hasn¶t been much change betweenyour initial question and the one you have here, explain why.

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