Proposal Assignment

You will write a persuasive argument proposing a course of action to address your chosen local controversy. This essay should acknowledge different viewpoints and recommend a solution that could convince multiple stakeholders. The project could be a more practical proposal, like one that would be aimed at the city council or the appropriate university administrative offices, or a policy proposal, like one that might appear in the campus or town newspaper. It could take several forms, including but not limited to

To write this argument, you will:

  • Perform and document additional research, including primary research (such as interviews and surveys) and/or secondary research (such as finding published information sources and evidence).
  • Target a particular (local) audience and consider what rhetorical appeals will be most convincing to this audience. 
  • Propose a course of action for addressing the problem, supporting it with evidence from your research and with rhetorical appeals.

Your argument should:

  • be typed, 1,500-2,200 words long, double-spaced pages and follow MLA formatting and citation style
  • establish that the problem you’re addressing
  • clearly articulate a feasible course of action that will address the problem
  • defend your argument with reasons and evidence that will appeal to the audience
  • strategically and effectively incorporate at least three sources.
  • convincingly address potential objections with concession, refutation, and/or counterargument
  • be written effectively and coherently

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