Today's freewrite

  • Today, we'll be drafting your proposals!
  • Think about what you wrote for the homework from our last class day.
  • Freewrite about why a panel might be beneficial for your research. How does working within a theme change the dynamics of your individual research?

Proposal Discussion

  • What kinds of proposals are there?
  • What are the key ingredients in an academic proposal?
  • What the heck is Toulmin? (Why do we need to know?)
  • Feasibility!
  • Finally, Design and Visuals?!?!

Proposal Drafting

  • Look at the examples of proposal theses on p.291 of EAA.
    • Based on your freewriting, brainstorm your potential panel claims on a sheet of paper. You've got 10 minutes.
  • Get together in your topic groups!
    • Work with your panel to communicate and establish your individual argumentative goals, based on your homework over the break.
    • Discuss how your goals demonstrate something about the theme you're organized around.
    • Take notes to use when you determine whether or not to submit to the FYRC!!
  • Next, return to your computers for some drafting.
    • Individually, address each of the key elements listed on page 292 of EAA.
    • We'll use these to Peer Review your Proposal work on Wednesday.


  • Final Proposals due Friday before midnight on Blackboard!
    • Work on finalizing your Proposal draft with your panel cohort.
    • Define your thesis using the Toulmin method (Claim, Reason, Warrant). We'll use these elements Wednesday to focus your Proposals.
    • Remember that this Proposal should help you write your FYRC application, if you choose to!