• Think about Portfolio 3. How has your research informed your idea for this upcoming project? What kind of things have you discovered about your topic that you didn't know before? In what ways does your particular subject serve as a lens for viewing society's concerns and attitudes?

Exploratory Essay

What should you consider when writing this document?

  • How do you feel about popular culture?
  • How have you been influenced by popular culture?
  • It is particularly important to discuss (in detail) why you chose your particular topic.
  • What prior relationship do you have with the topic you have selected?
  • How does this topic affect you personally and how can it affect society as a whole?
  • Why is research on this topic relevant and important?
  • In what ways is your topic transferred in popular culture? (i.e. books, movies, comics, television, stories, etc.)
  • What genres are you planning to use to portray your topic in Portfolio Three? Why did you choose these genres? How do they fit with your topic?

Remember that this document should also describe your writing process in the same way that a Reflective Overview would. You are not writing an RO for this portfolio, but the same information should appear in some way in this Exploratory Essay.


You should have completed drafts of at least one element of your portfolio over the break. Use the next part of class to reexamine one of these elements (source reviews, annotations, proposal, perhaps even your exploratory essay if you have gotten that far).

Go back to the examples for reference on what your source reviews might look like.

When examining your writing for revision, try cutting things out of your document and putting them in a separate place. Looking at things out of context sometimes reveals things about the writing that we didn't notice before and allows us to remain unattached to the words so that we can manipulate them with less anxiety.


  • Submitting a proposal to me is required. It will be up to you to decide whether or not you want to try to get into the conference.
  • If you are interested in applying to the FYRC, the proposal will be due this Friday.
  • Here are the basic components of the proposal:
  1. Define your topic.
  2. Explain what your research is showing.
  3. State the argument you plan to make.
  4. Explain how you plan to present your argument.
  5. Explain the key points you will make during your presentation.
  6. Must be between 200-250 words.
  • So, in order to write the proposal, you should have read your sources and know what argument you plan to make.
  • Additionally, you should have an idea about what kind of presentation you plan to give.


Bring your proposal to class on Thursday. If you are still drafting it and don't plan to submit it for the conference selection committee, bring what you have; we will be preparing an abstract by filtering down the gist of your proposal.