reserch essay

Write a proposal for your research essay (see reverse for description) using MLA style for your citations and references. Your proposal will include 6 numbered sections.  Make sure to number the sections of your proposal. Word count will be 500 wds.


  1. Introduction: What is A) your working thesis, and B) the research question that your thesis will answer? You will need to do some research before you can even begin to offer an answer to the question. For your proposal, you just have to do enough research to develop your research question, and then, given what you learn from initial research, you can plan possible answers which lead to the working thesis.
  2. Rationale: Why is this research topic important to you, what will you learn?
  3. Scope: What topics, areas, will the essay cover?
  4. Rhetoric/Rhetorical Modes: What kind of arguments and strategies will you use to structure your essay? Consult Rhetorical Modes handout on Moodle.
  5. Tasks: Write a list of tasks you have to do to successfully complete the final essay project.
  6. Initial list of resources: Include 1 of the following articles and 3 other sources of peer reviewed research that you plan to use for your essay. Include a paragraph annotation for each source which tells the research’s main point and how the research will be useful to your argument. Include an MLA style reference for each.

Use 1 of these articles as 1 of your sources to develop a topic about the issues of human rights, education,  and the people who speak out  for those rights.

Ben Okri “The spirit of Africa’s people will transform the continent”

Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel speech

Damais Colhoun, Tribe Called Red Electric powwow

Thomas King : No Justice for canada’s First peoples


Format and Style:

  1. Use MLA style, 12-point Courier or Times font, double space document. No title page.
  2. Ensure that the words are your own, but any ideas are attributed to the author using attributive tags such as…Okri argues, or, according to Colhoun… etc. Any direct use of writer’s words must be inside quotation marks as explained in the resource:
  3. PROOFREAD and correct all typos and mechanical errors in spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and grammar.
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