Assignment 2: Research Proposal – Thesis, Major Points, and Plan

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Assignment 2: Research Proposal – Thesis, Major Points, and Plan


Select one topic from which your persuasive writing paper will be focused.


1) Should Transportation Security (TSA) regulations be changed?

2) Should funding for the U.S. space program be changed?

3) Should taxes on alcohol and tobacco be increased to help pay for rising medical costs?

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.

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.