Assignment #1: Research Proposal
ENGL 1020, Abdallah
For this assignment, I want you to create a research proposal in which you identify a topic that you will explore this semester. In the proposal, which should be in the form of an essay, you will explain why you chose your topic, discuss the preliminary research you’ve done thus far, and anticipate the challenges you may face as you continue researching for your final paper.
In choosing your topic, I encourage you to personalize this assignment. You will be living with this topic all semester, so choose carefully. I recommend that you consider a topic/issue that is related to your field of study, very important to you, or both. Your topic and the questions you form around it should allow you to enter into the current conversation on the subject, conduct research, and form an argument that you will eventually use for your final paper.
Things to consider when choosing your topic:
–Is your topic interesting to you? Why? Do you have a personal investment in it? Can you live with it all semester?
–Can you make a compelling argument with your chosen topic in order to enter the conversation?
–What have you found in your preliminary research? Are people discussing this issue? Are there enough appropriate, credible sources that you can use to support your argument?
Composing the Research Proposal:
When writing your research proposal, the following four (4) areas MUST be addressed. Under each area, I have included some questions for you to consider when drafting your proposal.
1. Topic/Issue: What is your chosen topic/issue for your final paper? If you have not narrowed your topic, how do you plan to do that? If you have narrowed your topic, what is your main research question? What additional question or questions will you guide you in your research?
2. Reasons for your choice: Why did you choose this topic/issue? What investment do you have in the topic either personally or as it is related to your field of study? What do you hope to learn through your research about this topic?
3. Preliminary Research: What kind of preliminary research, both formal and informal, have you done so far? What has been your process? Where and how have you searched (library searches, internet, databases, talked to people)? What terms and phrases did you use to conduct formal searches? What types of sources have you found in your preliminary research? (academic journals, news sites, magazines, etc.; you may name specific websites or sources) What arguments are others making? What did you already know about the topic?
4. Challenges: What challenges do you expect to face as you research this topic? What concerns do you have about the topic itself or research in general? What is your plan for overcoming these challenges and working through these concerns?
Expectations and Parameters:
Your proposal should be a typed essay using MLA format (example on D2L). The essay should be at least 2-3 pages/550-850 words. Make sure you have addressed each of the 4 areas thoughtfully in your proposal. You must turn in a typed printed copy to me in class AND submit a copy to the dropbox on D2L by 8 am on the due date.
Assignment #1: Research Proposal—Rubric
Falls Short of Expectations
Does Not Meet Expectations
Has thoughtful, clear, effective, and logical organization and transitions
Has clear, effective organization and transitions
Has some organization and transitions
Essay has no pattern of organization or transitions between sections
Has thoughtfully, clearly, and thoroughly articulated the chosen topic/issue
Has clearly articulated the chosen topic/issue
Has stated the chosen topic/issue
Chosen topic/issue is unclearly communicated and/or poorly thought out
Has thoughtfully, clearly, and thoroughly articulated the reasons for the topic choice
Has clearly articulated the reasons for the topic choice
Has given reasons for the topic choice
Reasons for the topic choice are unclearly communicated and/or poorly thought out
Has thoughtfully, clearly, and thoroughly articulated any attempts at preliminary research
Has clearly articulated any attempts at preliminary research
Has stated attempts at preliminary research
Attempts at preliminary research have not been explained clearly
Has thoughtfully, clearly, and thoroughly articulated potential future challenges
Has clearly articulated potential future challenges
Has stated potential future challenges
Potential future challenges have not been considered and/or clearly communicated
Grammar and Mechanics
Language is clear and free of error and MLA format is used
Few/minor errors in language and MLA formatting
Errors threaten to distract from the message of the project
Multiple error patterns inhibit communication of the message and MLA format is not used