Proposal Paper


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.

  1. 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?

  1. 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.


  • 3-4 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)

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