Objective : Write a proposal essay. Identify a problem and offer a solution.
(1,300 words minimum).
YOU MAY CHOOSE THE TOPIC/PROBLEM YOU WANT TO WRITE ABOUT!
Suggestions: There are many ways to go about this assignment. First, find a topic that interests you—something that you want to explore more deeply. I encourage you to be innovative; don’t settle for cliché topics or simply picking without any personal investment. Be passionate. Then, RESEARCH. Go to reliable sources. Find several articles related to the topic. Read and take notes. Highlight important passages. Whichever option you choose and regardless of your topic, remember that this essay is a “test” of how deeply you can think, argue a position, offer solutions to a problem, and how well you can communicate those ideas in writing. You may want to use a typical argumentative structure: introduction/thesis, three supporting points, and a conclusion. Or you may borrow from another writing model. Feel free to incorporate some of the writing strategies and styles we’ve already covered this semester (narrative, reflection, analysis, etc.).
Research: You need 4 sources for this essay (and a Works Cited Page); ONE of your sources must be PEER-REVIEWED. In general, focus on finding articles or essays from credible sources (Time Magazine, Harper’s, The Wall Street Journal, etc.). Use the library’s academic databases (Academic Search Premiere, etc.), the websites of magazines or newspapers, or old-fashioned hard sources (you know, things you can touch with your hands).