Engl&102 – 9829assignmentstopic proposal: submit final draft here due

 

  • Due May 13 by 11:59pm
  • Points 50
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  • Your Final Topic Proposal Assignment is due 11:59, Monday, May 13th
  • See the RUBRIC for how it will be graded; you can see it below here, too. 
  • Submit your assignment here as a file attachment ending in .docx, .doc, or .rtf.

Your Topic Proposal will:

  • Present at topic that is appropriate for the essay assignment requirements
  • Identify why your topic is worth exploring, why it matters to you
  • Identify who your audience is (who are you persuading to consider action around your topic)?
  • Have a workable approach to researching the topic
  • Show your interest in the topic and how it will be a worthwhile topic to explore further
  • Be MLA formatted

By writing out your proposal, your research will likely be more organized and focused. Also, by sitting down and thinking through the project, you will likely feel more prepared for the task of research and writing.

Remember: you are not expected to have a decided opinion on the topic (or a conclusion/solution to the topic); rather, you are expected to display your current knowledge on the topic at this point and your means of becoming more of an expert on the subject that will lead you to the direction your essay, your focus, your audience, and your proposal will take. 

Your proposal should answer the following questions:

  1. What is the issue/topic? Why should your audience care about it? (Your audience will be other people affected by the issue: at work, school, or another community you belong to).
  2. What question(s) are you trying to answer? 
  3. What is your tentative solution or opinion on the issue at this point? (this would be an asnwer to the questions you are posing). It’s likely that your tentative solution or perspective will evolve- particularly if you are thinking critically as you research. Do you have a working thesis statement? If yes, include it in the proposal, but note where you need more information and/or what questions still need answering.
  4. How will your research be conducted? What databases will you use to find helpful sources on this issue? Who will be good to talk to ? What have you witnessed or exerienced that would serve as a source for the essay? Have you started research already? If yes, what have you found?
  5. Explain any roadblocks you foresee occurring while doing your research or during the writing of this essay.

Length Requirements:

Your proposal should be approximately one page (double spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt. font).

Rubric

Topic Proposal Final Draft RubricTopic Proposal Final Draft RubricCriteriaRatingsPtsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContentTopic Proposal includes the requirements outlined in the assignment30.0 ptsFull Marks0.0 ptsNo Marks30.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeReadability, Clarity, CorrectnessLanguage use (sentence structure and vocabulary), grammar (pronoun/subject/verb agreement, consistent and appropriate use of verb tense and type and mechanics (punctuation, spelling, formatting) respect conventions of accepted edited English usage. Your finished version demonstrates careful editing and proofreading. All points will be earned if it is clear there has been attention given to presenting clear and correct writing.10.0 ptsFull Marks0.0 ptsNo Marks10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMLA FormattingThe paper is one full page, typed and double-spaced in easy-to-read 12 point font. Your pages are consistently numbered according to MLA style. Your student information (name, assignment typed, course section and number, date) is double-spaced and in the upper left hand corner of the first page. The paragraph spacing is accurate (no extra spacing between paragraphs). All points will be earned if your paper follows the MLA formatting guidelines outlined in Week 4’s module.10.0 ptsFull Marks0.0 ptsNo Marks10.0 pts
Total Points: 50.0PreviousNext

 

Topic Proposal Assignment

A topic proposal is written to persuade a specific reader to accept a project before major research is begun or while it is in its early stages. You’ve already begun to explore topics in recent discussion forums, so hopefully you already have a pretty good idea what you want to write about. The topic proposal provides a framework for how you plan to organize the process of writing your essay. 

Your proposal will introduce the persuasive research topic and explain why it is worth researching and writing about. Proposals should note your particular interest with the topic and how you will go about finding more information about and solutions to the topic (where you will look exactly—which databases, which websites, books, newspapers, etc.).

Your Topic Proposal will:

  • Present at topic that is appropriate for the essay assignment requirements
  • Identify why your topic is worth exploring, why it matters to you
  • Identify who your audience is (who are you persuading to consider action around your topic)?
  • Have a workable approach to researching the topic
  • Show your interest in the topic and how it will be a worthwhile topic to explore further
  • Be MLA formatted

By writing out your proposal, your research will likely be more organized and focused. Also, by sitting down and thinking through the project, you will likely feel more prepared for the task of research and writing.

Remember: you are not expected to have a decided opinion on the topic (or a conclusion/solution to the topic); rather, you are expected to display your current knowledge on the topic at this point and your means of becoming more of an expert on the subject that will lead you to the direction your essay, your focus, your audience, and your proposal will take. 

Your proposal should answer the following questions:

  1. What is the issue/topic? Why should your audience care about it? (Your audience will be other people affected by the issue: at work, school, or another community you belong to).
  2. What question(s) are you trying to answer? 
  3. What is your tentative solution or opinion on the issue at this point? (this would be an asnwer to the questions you are posing). It’s likely that your tentative solution or perspective will evolve- particularly if you are thinking critically as you research. Do you have a working thesis statement? If yes, include it in the proposal, but note where you need more information and/or what questions still need answering.
  4. How will your research be conducted? What databases will you use to find helpful sources on this issue? Who will be good to talk to ? What have you witnessed or exerienced that would serve as a source for the essay? Have you started research already? If yes, what have you found?
  5. Explain any roadblocks you foresee occurring while doing your research or during the writing of this essay.

Length Requirements:

Your proposal should be approximately one page (double spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt. font).

 

Topic Proposal Rubric

Your topic proposal is worth 50 points/5% of your overall grade. Below is how I will be grading the final draft your proposal (the one you turn into the Topic Proposal Assignment link in Week 5’s Module)

CONTENT
Your proposal should answer the following questions: What is your topic? How does it impact you personally? Who is your potential audience? Why should you and your audience care? What question(s) are you trying to answer? What problem are you trying to solve? If you have a current position/perpsective on the issue/problem, include it. How will your research be conducted? Explain any challenges you might have while doing your research and the writing of the essay.  

THIS CATEGORY IS WORTH 30 POINTS: All 30 points are awarded if these requirements are included. 
READABILITY, CLARITY, CORRECTNESS
Language use (sentence structure and vocabulary), grammar (pronoun/subject/verb agreement, consistent and appropriate use of verb tense and type and mechanics (punctuation, spelling, formatting) respect conventions of accepted edited English usage. Your finished version demonstrates careful editing and proofreading.
THIS CATEGORY IS WORTH 10 POINTS: All points will be earned if it is clear there has been attention given to presenting clear and correct writing. 
PRESENTATION /MLA FORMAT 
The paper is one full page, typed and double-spaced in easy-to-read 12 point font. Your pages are consistently numbered according to MLA style. Your student information (name, assignment typed, course section and number, date) is double-spaced and in the upper left hand corner of the first page. The paragraph spacing is accurate (no extra spacing between paragraphs) 
THIS CATEGORY IS WORTH 10 POINTS: All points will be earned if your paper follows the MLA formatting guidelines outlined in Week 4’s module. 
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