Background: A proposal is a way to pitch an idea and state your requirements, so it’s important for academics because they can get their idea clearly stated and be able to get feedback on the topic before they begin the entire research project.The proposal essay is also a chance for you to make a structured, logical argument and lay down everything in favor of your idea. A well-written proposal shows your instructor you care about the topic, and it’s not just a random whim you attempted to complete an assignment.Your Task:For this assignment, you will write a research proposal of at least 500 words on a topic of your choice that is connected to the class theme of “Monsters.” Approaches: Fictional: Look at a fictional movie, TV episode, music video, or piece of media and do a close analysis of the “monster/villain” Historical: Look at a real-life dictator, serial killer, scientist, social network, etc. and do an analysis of the coverage of the person. Scientific: Look at modern science e.g. cloning, Crispr, genetic modification etc. and decide whether that type of science is creating modern heroes or monsters.Current events: Do a deep dive on a current event like border control, politics, make-up, sports, and analyze whether your topic is helping society or harming it? The Steps: Pick an issue related to the broad theme of “monsters” that interest you e.g something from the class or Frankenstein’s Cat. Pick your approach: Fictional analysis, current events, historical, or scientific and narrow down to a specific topic. Pick an audience to focus on Look into the topic to see what has already been said and how you can add to the conversation e.g. If you were analyzing Thanos in The Avengers, what have people written and what fresh insights can you bring through research. Come up with a thesis for your proposal e.g. Even though comic book geeks love talking about what will happen after the “snapsure”, this research project will reveal how Thanos is not really a villain rather he is presenting a valid philosophical way to save the environment in the face of overpopulation. Write a clear, concise proposal for why you want to research this topic and what you hope to add to the conversation on this topic. Format for Proposal Essays: Introduction: A brief overview of the topic you chose, the audience you want to reach, and any solutions, impacts, and benefits your research could produce.Issue: The main definition of the topic/issue you will research, including subject, purpose, main argument, background information, and importance.What your research paper will add: What are the benefits and prospectives your paper will bring to the topicTypes of Research: Overview of the types of research you will conduct and types of sources you will be seeking e.g. movies, articles, ted talks, interviews, etc. Conclusion of the impact your research will have and wrap-up: Balance the sell us on why this research project is needed, reinforce your point one last time.
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A Proposal Essay Starting the Research Project
■ 1. What is a Proposal Essay
■ 2. How to Write a Proposal Essay?
■ 3. Essay #1 Template
■ 4. How Does Essay #1 Connect to the Research
■ 5. Criteria for Success in Writing Essay #1
■ 6. Tips
What Is It?
■ A proposal essay is exactly what it sounds like: it is a formatted
essay that proposes an idea and provides evidence intended to
convince the reader why that idea is a good or bad one.
■ Although proposals are generally a significant part of business
and economic transactions, they are not limited to those two
areas. Proposals may be written for any college classes,
scientific fields, as well as personal and other professional
■ In this class, it is used to get you started on your research
(“How to Write…”)
How to Write: the Pre-Writing
■ 1. Read the prompt (Located in the Modules Section Under Week 3)
■ 2. Brainstorm a list of topics and/or approaches that are connected with the topic
■ 3. Pick one topic connected the class theme of monsters to research
■ 4. After researching, identify a stance you would like to prove about that topic
– A sample stance could be: G enetic modification is not a monstrous aspect
of science; instead, it is a necessary step in the evolution of preventive
Step 2: Template for Writing Essay #1
Introduction: A brief overview of the topic you chose, the audience you want to reach, and any
solutions, impacts, and benefits your research could produce.
– Think ½ a page
– This is the same standard style of introduction you always write in essays
Issue: The main definition of the topic/issue you will research, including subject, purpose, main
argument, background information, and importance.
– This section is, basically, an expanded thesis for what you will try to prove via research
What your research paper will add: What are the benefits and prospective that your paper will bring to
– This section can be bullet pointed
Types of Research: Overview of the types of research you will conduct and types of sources you will be
seeking e.g. movies, articles, ted talks, interviews, etc.
– This section can also be bullet pointed
Conclusion of the impact your research will have and wrap-up: Balance the sell us on why this
research project is needed, reinforce your point one last time.
– This is like your normal conclusion
– Just end with a strong final plea/thought for what your research project will add
Connection to Research Project
■ Basically, Essay #1 is the first step on your research project journey for the quarter
– The proposal outlines your interest in a topic and your plan for researching the
Essay #2 will be a collection of your 16 sources and your analysis of the sources
Essay #3 will an annotated bibliography focused critical analysis and synthesis of your 8
main sources for the paper
Essay #4 will be your actual research paper
The Final will be a visual presentation of your project
HINT: You really need to like and be interested in the topic you pick for essay #1 because
you will be stuck with the topic for the rest of the quarter
Criteria for Success in Writing Essay #1
■ 1. Have all parts of the template
■ 2. Have a clear topic and approach to your topic that is unique and will bring a new
perspective to the discussion of this topic
– For example, don’t just say you will write about cloning
Instead, say you will focus on the ethical impacts of human cloning in first world
■ Use MLA
■ Make sure you hit the minimum word count
■ Narrow your topic with an approach
– For example, if you want to research Godzilla movies, that topic is rather
You could narrow it by looking at the historical symbolism of Godzilla
Another way you could also narrow is to take a feminist analysis of Godzilla
■ Narrowing your topic will allow you to narrow your research to a particular field and
– You want to have a topic that is contained enough for you to make an
interesting argument or analysis in Essay #4 with about 8-16 sources
■ If your proposal is really broad, you will have a research project that looks more like
a Wikipedia page than analytical argument essay.
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