P1.6 Structuring / Drafting a proposal

• As you develop your Research Topic Proposal, you should revisit the Project 1
Overiew and the guidelines of P1 to be sure you are completing all the project requirements.
• Think about the Proposal as an organized, academic piece of writing of 3-5
You will include sources you have found through your initial research, which should be in MLA or APA format, or another academic format you choose (with instructor approval).

This includes both the bibliographic page and any in-text citations.
• Below you will find two student samples of research proposals that are from another type of writing class. While your proposal will be different, these examples show the well-structured thinking and style of effective research proposal writing, which you will want to produce in P1. These examples are used with permission and intended to help you think about your own proposal – they should not be duplicated, or modeled too closely as they were written for a writing situation with different requirements than your project.
Student Sample #1

Consider the questions below and respond as a first step to developing your Research Topic Proposal. Responding to these prompts will help you think about which information you’ll include in the Proposal. Write a response of 300-400 words,
using the prompts below to guide you.

1 What is the specific topic are you exploring for P1? Be as detailed as possible and include any subtopics you might explore. Provide a summary and brief review of your
topic, complete with information about the significance of this topic and the purpose of communicating about it.

2 What question are you following to guide and organize your research? What have you discovered so far and what do you want to discover about your topic?
3 Who is your anticipated audience? Why would the research you’re planning to write about matter to your anticipated audience? What appeals to them?
What are their values?

4 What information have you found so far from your sources, and how well do those sources support your proposed topic? Do you have one or more key ideas you want to feature in your essay, and what are they if so? Explain in detail. What other sources do you think you might need going forward? What source material/evidence are you missing?

5 Explain your proposed approach to fully researching your topic for the research essay in P2. What kinds of research will you look at in addition to what you have already found? Where will you search for additional sources (not search engines or the library, but which scholarly journals or other sources might be applicable?) Which popular sources might you search for? Where are the gaps in your research that you hope to fill in? Provide as much detail as possible to explain what you propose.
6 Put simply, explain what you have done so far and what else do you need to consider doing in order to move your proposal toward a final product.