• Envision yourself presenting authoritatively at the First Year Research Conference.
  • Freewrite about this experience: what do you see in the audience; how are you dressed; what kind of reaction do you get; do people have questions for you; is your delivery formal or casual?

Proposal Revision

  • We'll begin the revision process by conducting some informal peer review.
    • Working with someone from your topic group, read the Toulmin elements of their thesis and offer your own ideas about how your partner might phrase these effectively. Remember that the warrant may not be explicit in the final thesis, but the reasoning should clearly demonstrate the warrant's significance.
  • Next, we'll need to narrow down which parts of the draft from Monday best represent this thesis.
    • Refer back to page 292 of EAA and decide if any of the bulleted points need development to support the thesis or if any of them could be left out (a proposal should be direct and concise!).
  • Last, you should find a partner from outside your topic group and conduct some editing.
    • Proposals need to be absolutely professional in order to merit consideration (in the real world, people don't fund things that are sloppy!) and so you should be be extra careful with this part of your writing process.
  • In conclusion, you should leave class today with a succinct and purposeful proposal for addressing your topic meaningfully. The rest of the work for this semester will be guided by this small piece of writing, so give it the attention it deserves as you finish up your Research Journals!


  • Turn in your Journals to Blackboard by midnight Thursday.
    • Remember that you should have one cover page for the entire project, followed by your Journal Entries, your Multiple Perspectives Essay, a bibliography of the sources your found in your research, and finally your Proposal.
    • All of these elements will be assessed as part of this single project grade.