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Proposal Essay

Assignment: Proposal

A proposal is a form of argument aimed at defining a problem and solving it. It is an action-oriented genre, so it has the benefit of relevance. For this class, we will be addressing a major problem, a personal problem, or a local problem.

Proposal writing asks you to do important rhetorical work and critical thinking. You must define a problem; recognize an audience with the power to bring about change; create, explain, and justify a plan of action; and convince readers both of the immediacy and importance of their problem and the relevancy and efficacy of the proposed actions.

A proposal is substantially different from a traditional argument paper and therefore requires a novel approach. We will work together with the research, writing, and revision process.

Example Proposal

To Clean the Ocean, We Target the Rivers

I Pledge Allegiance to the AR-15

The Moon Before Mars

Let Them Drink at 18, With a Learner’s Permit


  • 1,000+ words
  • 1+ image(s)
  • 5 Sources
  • MLA Format
  • Works Cited
  • Rough Draft
  • Final Draft


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