This writing project is geared toward an academic audience. As part of this project, you will create a web space with a Digication e-portfolio. Please see the additional considerations at the end of this assignment for privacy concerns.
The inquiry essay invites writers to pay close attention to details, and to consider those details in a rhetorical comparison to brief excerpts from “Spring” (paragraphs 3 and 15: (http://thoreau.eserver.org/walden17.html), a chapter from Walden by Henry David Thoreau (1854). These excerpts were chosen because they provide an excellent example of thick description and details for a specific rhetorical situation. Then, you are invited to write an Inquiry Essay of 1500-2000 words based 1 of the following prompts:
1) Describe and analyze a place for which you have a strong sense of connection. Observe your place more than once, at different times of the day, on different days of the week. Gather as many details as possible. What rhetorical similarities do you notice to Thoreau’s “Spring”? Why?
2) Summarize and analyze a movie, song, or chapter from a book with which you have a strong sense of connection. Gather as many details as possible. What rhetorical similarities do you notice to “Thoreau” “Spring”?
3) Review and analyze a speech from Martin Luther King or Robert F. Kennedy from the list of readings for Project 1. Gather as many details as possible. What rhetorical similarities do you notice to Thoreau’s “Spring”? Why?
Suggestions for Organizing The Essay
- Process: How and why you chose your topic.
- Detailed Inquiry: Close reading of the place or text you chose.
- Rhetorical Significance: Rhetorical similarities to Thoreau’s “Spring.”
In her book, Designing Writing Assignments, author Traci Gardner offers a list of positions or stances that writers can take when composing their work. These positions also can enhance the tone and persuasive voice of the essay.
To revise your essay for WP 2:
- Choose one or more of the positions below, excerpted from Gardner's book.
- Then, reread your introduction.
- How can you revise so that the tone of your introduction matches your choice of position?
- SUGGESTION: Pay attention to word choice and sentence length and structure.
After you revise your introduction:
- Move on to body paragraphs and the conclusion.
- Along the way, determine if you need to change anything else.
Some examples for other changes could be:
- Paragraph length
- Paragraph order
- Adding paragraphs for clarity of position and tone
- Eliminating paragraphs for clarity of position and tone
- Sentence order, additions, eliminations for clarity and tone