The first activity you will do for this Unit of Study is to formally choose your topic of research for the rest of the semester. The common academic genre used for this purpose is the research proposal. It is a brief piece of writing that provides specific information about the scope and focus of your research project.

Thinking about this writing as a rhetorical situation, your job as rhetor is to convince your audience that your chosen topic has been selected thoughtfully and intentionally and that this topic merits further academic scrutiny and attention. In so doing, you should specify the primary source you will analyze as part of your research and writing process. As always, you will need provide your audience with contextual(background) information about this topic.

The tone of this piece of writing should be formal and academic. You will need to name your topic and identify how this topic complements or supports the content you have been learning in Dr. Wooster’s Class – the lecture and the readings. Specifically, you need to offer some commentary on how your topic connects to the broad themes of Liberty, Equality, and Order.

You should also inform your audience why you have chosen this topic. Why does it interest you? Why do you find it compelling? What personal connections do you have to this topic?

Nuts and Bolts – 1 to 2 paragraphs (300 to 500 words in length). Include a Works Cited list!

Due Date: Bring hard copy to class on Wednesday, October 12th.