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Penn College NOW ENL111 (Bartlett/Brion): Proposal Argument Essay

What is a Proposal Argument?

The proposal argument is one of the most difficult essays to write. It combines what you learned from writing the informational essay and the argument essay. Backup your claims for a need for a change with facts found in reputable sources.  Use what you learned about writing an effective argument to make your point stick.

Effective proposal writing is something that will be useful for convincing your boss that something should and can be improved in your work environment. This is known as an "internal proposal" or an attempt to persuade those in charge to get something done (new project or solving an existing problem) within an organization.

Other types of proposal arguments are the "grant proposal" which is aimed to gain support for a nonprofit organization and the "business proposal" which seeks funding from investors or bankers for a new business or an expansion of an existing business.

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Proposal Argument Essay Assignment

Typed, 12 point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, four to five pages, MLA format

  • You must include at least four sources in the References page. You also need to cite these sources internally.
  •  You need to use section headers for your paper. If you choose to include charts, tables, graphs, etc., they need to be placed on the Figures page which comes after the Works Cited page, they need to be labeled and internally cited, and they need to be referred to within your paper.

Prompt: Write a four to five-page proposal essay that would solve a problem that you have identified. (See p. 326). NOTE: No gun control, drug, abortion, or death penalty topics.
Hint: Refer to pages 306-325 as you work through this paper.
1. Brainstorm possible problems.
2. Conduct preliminary research to find out how many other people are affected by this problem, and who would be able to act on your proposed solution.
3. Determine how you would solve the problem, being sure to consider other possible solutions (i.e. counter arguments).
4. Through research, locate support for your proposal. (i.e. number of people affected, who can take action, advantages, disadvantages, has your suggestion been tried in another community/campus, etc.)
5. Take notes from your research, using whichever method is best for your learning style. Be sure to use quotation marks around exact quotes from the text. Also be sure to write down page numbers.
6. Organize your notes according you your learning style (formal outline, working outline, etc.)
7. Write a rough draft for your paper. Bring to class on ____________ for a peer review.
8. After the peer review, edit and revise your paper.
9. Finalize your paper for submission. Final paper due ________________.