07Sep 2021 by
Proposal for Essay 1
As the assignment says, your first paper will start with a proposal. A proposal is a fairly brief overview of your topic, your research plan, and any sources youve read on the topic. The component parts for the standard proposal are as follows:
Introduction: The first paragraph of your proposal should be the same as any other introduction for a paper: establish your topic with a brief overview. Introduce the topic of your proposal; perhaps a well-articulated research question and why you chose it. In this first paragraph explain why you chose this topic or why you find it interesting.
Purpose and Background: This section (a paragraph or two) is where you get a bit more specific about your topic. What do you want to achieve with your research and why? Youve explained what the topic is; now get to the reasoning behind your work. What is it you hope to learn through writing this paper? This is also whereyou attempt an early answer to your research question as well as your reasoning behind it. Explain what the stakes are, here. That is, what is the objective of your paper and why is it important?
Research plan: This paragraph provides a detailed account for how you plan to tackle your paper. Tell me where you plan to find your information, who you intend to read, what kind of articles will help you build your argument, etc. How do you expect to defend the answer to your research question? Be deatailed here. Where will you look for research? Who are some of the most respected writers/researchers in that field? How will evaluate your sources, and how do you plan to use them in your paper? Other ways to explain your research plan:
Give me a timeline of your research. How much time do you plan on researching this topic?
Be specific about search terms. How will plan on keeping your topic narrow?
Show that you know the topic. That is, what books or publications seem to be the most important at the moment? Who are the big experts in your area?
Preliminary research: By the time youre writing the proposal, you should have at least done some preliminary research. Which articles/books/videos have you read/watched that are steering your research? In this paragraph, give a title a brief overview of any articles youve come across in your preliminary research that have helped steer your argument. Explain who wrote them and what they contain. I want you to discuss at least two sources here. Show that you’ve already done some work.
Works consulted: Youll need to include a Works Consulted page with your research proposal in MLA format. This is similar to a Works Cited page, except it contains every source you’ve encountered or plan to encounter in your research. If you read it, looked at it, or plan to read it, it goes in your Works Consulted page. Therefore, it is important to keep careful track of everything you encounter. The Works Consulted page is simply an alphabetized list of the articles/texts/videos/lectures youve used in your early research, delivered in MLA format.
The proposal is, in effect, a way to organize your thoughts before you start doing serious research. Its not uncommon for your research argument to change between the time you submit your proposal and the time you finish your paper. This isnt a contract youre writing; its simply your chance to articulate your topic and why you think it is worth studying.
Your proposal will need to meet the following requirements:
At least 2 full pages in length
Adhere to the format listed above (that is contains an Introduction, a purpose, a research plan, etc.)
At least two reliable sources for your preliminary research. Follow the criteria listed in Week 3 to evaluate your own sources. One can be a text we read in class.
A clear research question and an attempt to answer it
A rough research plan that shows how you attempt to build your argument
Proper use and documentation of sources in MLA format.
A Works Consulted page that lists the scholarly sources you discuss in your proposal and any other source youve read during your preliminary research.
please I need a rough draft by Sep 8, by 8 pm no later
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