Unit 3: Proposal

First Draft DUE: April 14 for peer review
Final Draft DUE: April 16 (by email)

Proposals are one of those unique genres of writing that cut across most academic and professional settings. The ability to “propose” an idea—articulate what it is you plan to do—is thus an essential skill for any writer. The content and arrangement of proposals shift depending on their purpose. But in general, your goal is to best explain to your reader (1) what you are going to do, (2) how you are going to do it, and (3) what you think you might find. In this way your reader is able to see if your project is do-able, publish-able, or in many settings, fund-able.

For this assignment please write a 1-2 page proposal that clearly lays out the dimensions of how you plan to carry out your last writing project. Keep in mind that proposals are forward-looking (written in the future tense, “I will, I hope, I plan…”) and should provide direction and organization for your project. I will say this again: take this opportunity to explore how to mashup the research you completed during Sequence 2. What communities do you want to reach? What communities would find this research valuable? And finally, how can you bring to light the argument you made in a multimodal fashion? Be curious! Think outside the box!

Depending on the purpose, proposals can include the following parts (however, you will cohesively organize these moving parts in a way that fits the needs of your proposed project):
• Briefly describes your research question, intended community, and possible locations to carry out your work
• Identifies for whom this research and resulting project could be interesting or important
• Articulates questions you plan to ask about the space/place or how you rethink, revise, or extend your initial question

• Lays out what you already know about the topic or community (historical legacies? culture?)
• Explains why this topic or community is interesting or important enough for you to explore it and reach it

• Identifies your goals for the project (what do you want the reader or viewer to understand?)
• Details a plan for proceeding with your research (what will you do first, second, last…)
• Lists possible methods you may use (observation, interview, mapping, designing, making, organizing, photos, texts…)
• Includes a timeline of completion

• Articulates possible answers to your questions
• Tells the reader anything else you think they need to know

• Include the “parts” as described above
• Write in focused sentences
• Submit a completely proofread proposal

After you submit your final copy of your proposal on April 16th, you will complete 3 journal entries, which you will submit with your final portfolio. Please include these with your portfolio when you submit your final project. These journal entries will help prepare you for your final writing assignment, the Statement of Goals and Choices, which I will explain later in the unit. These entries are intended to help you document the process and progress you’re making, the moments of glitch or failure that provoke you to restructure your plan, and finally a space to think through revision. Your entries should be no longer than a page in length, and you may complete them at any time in your progress. Please date them and include brief mention of where you are in your process.

See Unit 3: Statement of Goals and Choices.