Please review all the material in the â€œOpening Upâ€ section of this chapter, on pages 357-359. Be sure to look over the â€œInquiry Project: Writing a Research Essay,â€ on page 356, too, for details about what to do in writing your research essay. Note in particular the advice offered there that, when trying to find a topic to write about for your research essay, you should â€œavoid things you already have a strong opinion about.â€
Letâ€™s use the DB this week to help us narrow down possible topics for your final essay in this class, the research essay. Our text identifies two types of inquiry question that motivate a research essay: â€œWhat does the evidence suggest is true? What is the relationship?â€
- Please post in the DB to share, first of all, inquiry questions of the first type that you are truly interested in having someone provide an answer to. Please state your questions in this or a similar format: â€œWhat does the evidence suggest is really true about X?â€œ Pose at least five or six of this type of question.
- Post in the DB a second time to share inquiry questions of the second type that you are truly interested in having someone provide an answer to. Please state your questions in this or a similar format: â€œWhat is the relationship between X and Y?â€ or â€œDoes/will X cause Y?â€ or â€œWhat might happen if we do/donâ€™t do X?â€ Pose at least five or six of this type of question.
- Use your remaining posts this week to respond to what others have posted. Offer new questions that were suggested to you by what youâ€™ve read. Consider which questions seem to definitely have potential and explain why. Consider as well which questions will probably not work. Are any questions not truly â€œresearchableâ€? Does it seem most people already have strong opinions about some questions?