Overview: To complete this assignment, you will explore
publicly debated issues and choose one to research. The issue you select should
be complex - that is, there must be more than two sides to the debate. For
instance, while you might not be able to choose abortion as a suitable issue,
since it is largely a debate between pro-life and pro-choice advocates, you
would be able to choose the issue of reducing the rate of teenage pregnancy,
since there are numerous approaches to this issue, including various types of
sex education, abstinence training, and distribution of contraceptives. Once
you’ve selected an issue, you will begin reading articles on your issue to
become familiar with the debate and you will decide on a general focus or
direction for your research.
this Proposal:To define a clearly debatable issue that you'll want
to write about; to explain why this issue is important to you (why you chose to
write about it); and to explain why this issue is relevant for a college aged
audience (why they should care about it).
Audience: Your primary readers for the proposal are you and
your instructor; however, you'll also need to consider college aged readers of Talking
to help you decide which issues are best for this audience.
Requirements:Your proposal should be between 300 and 400 words in
length. In it, you should clearly define your issue and include a research
question to help maintain a specific focus within your topic. The research
question should be narrow and debatable. It should also lend itself to
complicated responses (more than simply pro/con). Also, in your proposal you
should briefly describe who is currently debating this issue, and discuss what
their general concerns are. Finally, you should explain why you chose to write
about this issue, and why you believe it is an important issue for readers of Talking
Back to learn about.