THE EXPLORATORY DRAFT
An Exploratory Draft is a draft in which you argue the topic you formulated in your Dialogic Journal. Your evidence comes primarily from the close reading done in your Dialogic Journal with added references and information from the wider text to contextualize and support your argument.
The Product: Create a document that flows, not a series of bullet points.
Write an introductory paragraph that introduces the text, author, give a brief summary relevant to your topic, state your your topic and end with your argument.
Your second paragraph introduces, contextualize and summarizes your moment: where in the text does it occur, and the circumstances of that moment. You may want to include: who are the main characters involved; who is the speaker, if any; to whom are the lines addressed; is this moment in the present of the text, or does it concern the past within the text; what details should the reader know in order to approach this passage. Quote the 6-12 lines, in proper format.
Argue your topic in the body paragraphs, each headed by a topic sentence derived directly from the topic. Support your main ideas with primarily evidence and analysis from your dialogic journal and other details from the wider text as needed.
Drafts must be 2-3 pages, typed, double spaced, Times New Roman, font/pitch 12, standard margins. Submit along with your REVISED Dialogic Journal.