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Assignment based on Everyone’s an Author, 2nd Ed. by Andrea Lunsford, et al., Ch. 16

“Here’s What I Recommend”: Making a Proposal

ENGL 1302 – Proposal

Description

Proposals are “recommendations that something be done, often to bring about some kind of

change or to solve a problem” (Lunsford et al., 340). For this assignment, you will propose

the topic (a cultural issue) that you will write about in your next assignment, a position paper.

The audience for this proposal is your instructor; however, you might also wish to consider

the traits and expectations of your classmates, as well as the values of an entity who also

needs to hear your proposal, like an organization, a business, an administration, or some other

decision-making group.

For this assignment, the proposal should be no longer than 2 pages, single-spaced. The

format required is a block style business letter. Use the information from the OWL at Purdue to

format your business letter using a block style.

Objectives

Develop habits of intellectual exploration, personal responsibility, and physical wellbeing

Demonstrate knowledge of individual writing processes

Communicate ideas and support conclusions effectively in writing

Use Edited American English

Prompt

Write a letter to your instructor proposing the topic, stance, and audience of your

next paper (an argument paper). In the letter:

describe the background of a problem briefly

propose a solution to the problem (your position)

identify evidence (potential sources) that could be used in the paper

target a specific audience for your paper

justify the rhetorical techniques that could be used in the paper

Procedures

Read Everyone’s an Author by Andrea Lunsford, et al., Ch. 16 or the text assigned for OER

coursework: Lumen Learning, English Composition 2 (p. 32-43) and Wikibooks,

Rhetoric and Composition (3.4)

Brainstorm for a specific problem and solution

Conduct preliminary research to learn more about the issue

Consider the audience and the rhetorical techniques that would be the most effective

Pre-write to develop an organized plan for presenting your proposal letter

Draft a proposal letter that addresses the prompt

Revise the proposal letter draft—consider the prompt, the mode, as well as organization,

tone, and clarity

Ask someone to read your revised draft and provide feedback

Make additional revisions as needed

Edit the revised draft—consider grammar, mechanics, spelling, format

Submit the finalized draft to turnitin.com (Blackboard)

Assignment based on Everyone’s an Author, 2nd Ed. by Andrea Lunsford, et al., Ch. 16

“Here’s What I Recommend”: Making a Proposal

ENGL 1302 Proposal ___________________________________________________________

Pts. Requirements Comments Pts.

5 Describe the background of a

problem briefly

10 propose a solution to the problem

(your position)

10 identify evidence (potential

sources) that could be used in the

paper

10 target a specific audience for your

paper

5 justify the rhetorical techniques that

could be used in the paper

30 Well-written and free of errors

5 or more errors

30 Formatted properly as a block style

business letter

No longer than 2 pages in length,

margins, left justified, no indentions, 1

blank line between paragraphs,

Single-spaced, 12 pt TNR font,

date, inside address, salutation,

closing, sender’s address

-10

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On-time? YES / NO TOTAL

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