Exploratory Essay Worksheet

Name: __________________________________________ Teacher: _____________________________ Period: __________ Date: _____________________
In-Class Writing Assessment: Exploratory Essay Outline
Inquiry question (last sentence of introduction):
Examples from research or texts with signal
phrases and necessary in-text citation.
Topic Sentence 1:
Data A:
Body Paragraph I
Topic Sentences
Main topics you will use to explore your
inquiry question.
Data B:
Body Paragraph II
Topic Sentence 2:
Data B:
Topic Sentence 3:
Body Paragraph III
Data A:
Data A:
Data B:
Commentary – discusses the relationship between topic sentence, data, and inquiry question.
How does the evidence fit your topic sentence? Commentary needs to be in YOUR OWN WORDS
and avoid personal opinion. (TWO SENTENCES minimum for each piece of data).