Assignment 2: Research Proposal–Thesis

Assignment 2: Research Proposal–Thesis

Assignment 2: Research Proposal–Thesis

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This paper is done in parts. I have attached the first part. You will have to choose from one of the topics that are already there and started. You will need to work from there.

Assignment 2: Research Proposal – Thesis, Major Points, and Plan
Due Week 3 and worth 120 points

Select a topic on which your persuasive writing paper will be focused.

Write a one to two (1-2) page research proposal in which you:

Identify the topic you selected and explain two (2) reasons for using it.
Include a defensible, relevant thesis statement in the first paragraph.
Describe three (3) major characteristics of your audience (official position, decision-making power, current view on topic, other important characteristic).
Describe the paper’s scope and outline the major sections.
Identify and explain the questions to be answered.
Explain your research plan, including the methods of researching and organizing research.
Document at least three (3) primary sources and three (3) secondary sources. Use credible, academic sources available through Strayer University’s Resource Center. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.
Your assignment must follow these formatting guidelines:

Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

Recognize the elements and correct use of a thesis statement.
Write a research proposal that states the claim and scope of the research project.
Outline the main sections of the research project.
Devise an ordered research plan to obtain appropriate resources.
Write clearly and concisely about selected topics using proper writing mechanics.
Use technology and information resources to research selected issues for this course.

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes. Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages. Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor. The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.