Exploratory Paper
 
The exploratory paper paves the way for the position paper, in which you take a position on part of the JFK Assassination and defend it. An exploratory paper helps you find your position, understand others’ positions, and even form rebuttals or counterarguments.
 
Assignment:
Read several essays on the JFK Assassination that you've identified in your issue proposal. Formulate a research question that you would like to answer. Take some notes on the various perspectives you encounter. Make certain that you can identify and summarize at least three different perspectives on your issue (you will need to visit the library). Here are some examples: perspectives that are for, against, and in the middle; perspectives that represent three possible causes for a problem; or perspectives that describe three possible solutions to a problem. You may add these perspectives with ideas of your own. Your objective, however, is to identify at least three different was of looking at the issue you have selected.
 
Write your exploratory paper, in which you
  • explain the topic;
  • describe the rhetorical situation;
  • explain three positions on the topic along with reasons for each of them;
  • explain your interest in the topic and the position you will take;
  • make a tentative claim and indicate how you will develop this claim in a future paper.
Your completed paper should be at least 3-4 typed, double-spaced pages.
 
Presentation: Because you will be referring to at least three sources, you will need to provide a Works Cited page in correct MLA format in addition to your title page and the exploratory paper itself. Remember to observe the conventions of standard written English as well as of presentation. Your completed package will include the title page, the exploratory paper, the works cited page, the rough draft responses, and the rough draft.
 
Deadlines:
Date 1:13 March 2006, you should have identified your topic, formulated a research question, 300 word proposal, and identified at least two essays that you can use; we will spend some time in class reviewing your findings.
Date 2: 27 March 2006, you will have a typed rough draft to share in your writer’s group. Make sure that you bring drafts for everyone in your group.
Date 3: 29 March 2006, Rough Draft Workshop
Date 4: 3 April 2006, you will turn in a revised draft to me.

Remember: If you have any questions please email me.

Proposal Example:
This must be double spaced.
 
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Painting out the Wall: Reframing Identification and Generating Rhetoric in Northern Ireland’s Polis

During the summer of 2000 a mural appeared in Belfast’s Shankill neighborhood. Although murals are a regular occurrence in Northern Ireland, this particular mural resulted in heated discussion. The debate resulted in a negotiated removal of the mural by a local representative. Against a brilliant red background a group of masked gunmen raise their guns to salute the UFF (Ulster Freedom Fighters) crest. Other elements of this mural include the seemingly benign lines: “Simply the Best” and “Wouldn’t it be great if it could be like this all the time!” Where the line “Simply the Best” celebrates loyalist paramilitary group identity markers, the declared question “Wouldn’t it be great if it could be like this all the time!,” underscored by the gold banners of a “killed” list, reinforces loyalist paramilitary refusals to acquiesce even as the Northern Irish community navigates a rocky road to peace. Yes, the mural frames loyalist declarations of defiance against any form of rapprochement. However, similar murals exist on both sides of the sectarian border and go un-remarked. What makes this one different? What motivated the representative to negotiate with the UFF for its removal? While this presentation begins with an examination of the defiant rhetoric found within the Shankill mural, its primary focus is on the social discourse and actions resulting from and surrounding this mural and attempts to reframe identification and symbolic acts in defiance of the status quo--border conflicts, domestic terrorism, and “acceptable levels of violence.”