complete this assignment, you will select a publicly debated issue that you’ve
become familiar with via your New York
Times clippings during the first portfolio. You will choose one such issue
to research. The first four weeks of the course and a daily subscription to the
NYT should have exposed you to a number of potential issues and have provided a
good foundation of knowledge for you to build on through your research. The
issue you select should be complex - that is, there must be more than two sides
to the debate. For instance, the issue of how to reduce teenage pregnancy is
probably a more advantageous topic than the abortion debate, since sides tend
to polarize around pro-life and pro-choice positions in the abortion
discussion. Ideas about solving the teenage pregnancy problem, on the other
hand, are varied and numerous, including (but not limited to) those who believe
in the value of sex education, those who advocate strict family and abstinence
training, and those who argue for wide and free distribution of contraceptives.
Once you’ve selected an issue, you will begin reading articles on your issue to
become familiar with the debate (and the perspectives represented in the
debate) and you will decide on a general focus or direction for your research.
Purposes for 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 to a college-age audience
(why they should care about it).
primary readers for the proposal are you and your instructor; however, you'll
also need to consider your larger classroom audience of peers to help you
decide which issues will be of greatest interest to this audience.
Requirements: Your proposal should be between 300 and 400 words in length.
In it, you should clearly define your issue, refer to the Times article or articles (clipped and included) that prompted your
interest in the issue and include a research question to help clarify a
specific focus for your topic and its investigation. 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 your class and instructor to know
Post your proposal to the Writing Studio or follow the instructions of your