- New synth. grid on students' individual foci for the Inquiry
- To help students take the foci they've developed and begin
shaping their Inquiry Essays.
- Write a rough outline and a first draft of your Inquiry Essay.
- As you draft, write out at least three questions that come
up. Bring your draft and questions with you to your conference.
- Conference sign-up sheet.
- Start the class today by explaining conferences and sending
around the conference sign-up sheet.
- NOTE: Remember to include only the times you're available
on the sign-up sheet, and don't schedule conferences any more than
one every 20 minutes. Remember, too, to black out some break
times for yourself.
- Then, discuss with your students some potential organizations
for the Inquiry Essay. There are several potential patterns.
One is a straightforward pattern in which your students deal
with the authors one at a time, and then add their own point-of-view,
Connections with first author
Connections with second author
Connections with third author
Your own point of view.
Another possibility is an organization in which the student's
own point of view becomes the backbone of the essay, and the different
authors come in as they become relevant, thus:
Inquiry Essay essays can also be organized as narratives which
actually simulate the "conversation" between the authors
and the writer. For instance, one student, after reading a series
of essays on what possessions broadcast about a person, set her
essay as a conversation in a used car lot. Each of the authors
were salespeople, and each tried to sell her a different kind
of car based on their various points-of-view. The student's response
was to get back into her old car and drive away, explaining that
that car said just what she wanted to say. Another student framed
his essay as a conversation between the authors in a restaurant.
At first, he literally eavesdropped on the conversation and reported
to the reader on what the different authors were saying. When
it became time for him to express his point of view, he literally
got up and joined the authors at their table.
- After you've discussed these possibilities, clear up any remaining
questions and then have your students begin working on their own
organizations. You can have them work individually, in pairs,
in groups, or give them the option to choose any of the above.
Circulate around the room with help, suggestions, etc. Try to
touch base with each of your students as they work.
- Be sure to clarify the assignment before the end of class.