Formal Paper: Proposal

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A proposal is a gameplan. It lets the reader know what you want to discuss, how you plan on approaching the topic, and what you think you might say about the topic. Like a gameplan, things might change. When we research and write, we discover new things; our thinking should change. This means that your proposal is not set in stone. It is fine—and actually good—if you change your mind about what exactly you want to cover. In fact, if your proposed thesis does not change at all throughout your writing process, this might be a sign that you aren’t critically thinking about the topic.

Topic Selection

You are free to choose your topic; however, you must have a personal connection with your topic (you will be writing a narrative after all). Additionally, there are a few things that you might want to consider:

--Consider a problem that you’d like to explore. Students often find proposal style arguments (identifying a problem and offering a solution) to be more engaging to write about.

--Can you make your topic something local (a proposed bill, a problem in your town)?

-- Can you make your topic connect to your major or future career?

--Look at the upcoming presidential election. See where the candidates stand on certain topics. Are there certain issues that you are passionate about? How might those issues connect with your life?


Consider using headings to organize your paper. Remember, this is just the beginning of your research journey. You should have a specific research question in mind; a thesis is not required yet. Your proposal needs to cover the following:

  1. Introduction: Introduce your topic. What is your research question?
  2. Pathos: What is your personal experience with this topic?
  3. Logos: Explain both sides of your topic.

-What are the topics that you’ll need to address?

-What questions do you want to address in this paper?

-What are your own thoughts on the subject matter? Do you have an idea of what you might want to argue?

Cite at least 1 source.

4. Ethos: Have at least 2 credible sources.

-Summarize and explain why you think these two sources are helpful.

-What other research you plan on obtaining.

-What research are you looking for to help your argument?

5.Questions/Concerns: What concerns do you have about your topic?

- What problems do you foresee? What questions do you have for me, and what do you want me to give you feedback on?

-What do you hope your readers will take away from your argument?

-Who do you see as your target audience for this topic?

Because this is a writing process class, you need to reflect on your writing experience on the attached cover memo. This should be on the first page of your proposal.

NOTE: This does not count towards your word count or page-length requirement.


  • 4-5 pages, typed, MLA format (TNR, 12 point font, 1-inch margins, double-spaced)
  • 2 credible sources incorporated throughout the text and cited properly
  • A well-thought out research question.
  • Discussion of your personal connection with the topic (pathos)
  • Discussion of your topic from both sides (logos).
  • Discussion of research (ethos).
  • Proper citation, including an MLA Works Cited page.
  • Cover memo (see attachment

Please follow the above Instructions and see the attached files.

- the topic is selected. (please take the idea presented there)

- write the memo at the first page then proceed with the proposal paper on the second page.

Topic: depression awareness Depression is a condition commonly experienced by most people at some point in life. It is difficult whether to categorize depression as an illness or just a feeling an individual goes through at some point in their life. The topic of depression awareness interests me because I can relate to it. At some point, my sister was depressed, and everyone said that it was as a result of her lack of faith. The society at some point can get into your head, and we almost believed them until we decided to seek help. We obtained informed depression is a condition that can be managed with treatment and it has nothing to do with faith. From her experience, I later thought it would be appropriate that awareness is created to help hundreds of individuals who may be undergoing the same condition. A number of the school going children may be undergoing depression. However, there are no awareness programs about depression in most of our schools hence most end up suffering. One reason why I believe that bringing the programs in school is useful is that when conditions such as depression are managed earlier their impact later in the life of these individuals is minimized. After all, prevention is better than cure. The community equally has a role to play in the management of depression. The most important thing to do is to limit the discrimination and stigma towards the depressed. The message should get passed to the community that depression just like other conditions is treatable all that is needed is for earlier detection so that the patients can get assisted in good time. Awareness may seem to be a small step, but in the real sense, it may save someone’s life. My teacher comment “ Your focus of awareness programs for school children is particularly interesting”
Proposal Rubric Student’s Name: Superior Introduction Research Question Importance to You Overview Both Sides Claims Research Done Research needs to be done Questions/Concerns 2 Sources In Text Citations Works Cited Intrinsic Ethos Paragraphs Clear Writing Following Conventions Length (2 pages) MLA Cover Memo Strong Satisfactory Weak Unsatisfactory Notes (What Worked? What Needs Improvement
Reflective Cover Memo (Please include this at the beginning of your paper. From page 68 in Work in Progress. Note: this does not count towards page length.) Genre: Please reflect on your understanding of the assignment’s genre. What did you try or learn for the first time? How did you try to effectively use rhetoric to persuade the readers? Writing Process: Please reflect on your writing process. What comments from peer review did you explore in your revision? How did this help your paper? Please describe concrete examples. Trouble Spots: What did you find most challenging about this project? How did you deal with those challenges? What did you learn from composing this project? Future Writing: What plans do you have for revisions of this paper for your Final Portfolio draft? What would you have discussed if you had more time/space? What would you have done differently? Questions/Comments: What questions do you have for me about the construction of your paper or the writing process? What would you like me to focus on while I read this draft?

Tutor Answer

School: Boston College


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Depression is among the most frequently occurring mental health illnesses. Despite being
common among adults, recent times have seen children suffer from the same. It is difficult to
determine whether indeed one suffers from depression or if it is simply a feeling one undergoes,
probably from the unique challenges faced in our day to day activities. The topic is of major
interest as I can relate to my sister’s case. At a young age and suffering from depression, her
peers and the society would not understand her condition and blame it on the lack of faith.
However, contrary to their thinking, depression is a mental illness that could be controlled with
treatment and has nothing to do with one’s faith.
It is possible that several children, particularly those attending school may be suffering
from depression. Lack of awareness programs to sensitize children on depression leads to a
situation where they end up suffering. The high rates of depression among the adults could have
been prevented should they have been educated about it since a younger age. Therefore, creating
awareness from a young age would not only be helpful to the students’ performance but also
impact on their future lives. Reduced depression health cases will lead to a significant decrease
in the medical costs incurred in treating the illness. Depressed children are often subjected to
segregation and discrimination especially from their peers. the community should be educated on
depression so that they learn it is similar to any other ailment and the better it is discovered and

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treated, the higher the chances for the victim to recuperate. Although the initiative may appear
insignificant, its impact may be far reaching and revolutionary to the health sector.

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Course Instructor
Depression awareness
Depression is one of the most common mental health illnesses yet one of the very lightly
taken illnesses. Our minds and bodies react in quite a complex manner to stressful situations with
each individual showing a unique reaction to stress and depression. Technically, depression is a
mental order but it may also alter the usual physical health of our bodies. Scanty awareness on
depression ha...

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