Writing a line of inquiry

  1. Read the following lines of inquiry. What do they have in common? 
      • In what ways does Kendrick Lamar use intertextuality to construct an understanding of identity, culture and community?
      • How does Nike's campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick navigate controversy in order to appeal to buyers, build its brand and construct a critical message?
      • In what ways does Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie use language in Half of a Yellow Sun to comment critically on Nigerian's post-colonial sense of identity. 
      • To what extent does the advertising campaign of Pantene misrepresent gender roles and reinforce stereotypes?

  2. Based on your previous discussion, what are the qualities of a good line of inquiry? How were your points similar or different from the following:
      • Concepts: Good lines of inquiry explore one or more of the seven concepts: identity, culture, creativity, communication, perspective, transformation and representation. 
      • Topic: Criteria A and B assess you on your ability to explore a 'topic'. A topic may be an issue, theme, real-life situation or... topic. What the essay is about should be clear from your line of inquiry.
      • Purpose: What is the author's purpose? A good line of inquiry focuses on why the writer writes. For this reason, you may include the author's name. 
      • Language: A good line of inquiry may include verbs such as 'represent', 'construct' or 'use', focusing on the author's authorial choices. 
      • Primary source: Remember that an analysis of a primary source and an evaluation of the author's effectiveness are central to the essay. Don't forget to mention the name of the work or body of work. The essay must explore the whole work or body of work, and not a single poem or photograph. 

  3. Read the following examples of bad lines of inquiry. What improvements would you make to them based on what you have discussed previously?
      • To what extent do the witches represent fate versus destiny in Macbeth?
      • How has the advertising industry changed in the past 50 years?
      • To what extent did the photograph 'Dead on the Beach' rally support for WWII in America?

  4. The following texts are taken from the Diesel campaign called 'stupid' which appeared in 2010. As a class, write an appropriate line of inquiry for an essay on this campaign. Do some preliminary research to find secondary sources that could inform your understanding and interpretation of this campaign.


  6. What are you reading or writing about in your language and literature class? The following link is to a Google Doc which is open to the public. Feel free to share your 'line of inquiry' with others through this document. Note: The quality of these lines of inquiry is not monitored.

  7. Google Doc: Lines of inquiry

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