How to Write a Solid Paper Proposal: A Proofread Example
When writing your project proposal for your next research paper, consider your topic and the best method of organization for your paper. The proposal will share your plan for your research paper in a structured format, but the structure is malleable. Here is an example of a proofread proposal to give you an idea of the proposal’s function:
- Idea: One kind of professional writing is movie critique. The publication, Rotten Tomatoes, digitally publishes professional movie reviews available to anyone with a computer and internet connection. Working as a “Tomatometer Critic” consists of viewing a film, and then writing a review. This memo will review the rhetorical situation in which these movie critiques are birthed from, and argue that movie reviews help dictate which films and genres are successful.
- Argument: Aside from Rotten Tomatoes superficially intended purpose, is there any other motivation for the critic reviews? Exploring different sources showed that aside from educating the public on the strengths and flaws of a movie, reviews serve the agenda of dictating popular films and genres in society. One particular source that I found in the library, “Effects of Country-Genre Congruence on the Evaluation of Movies: The Moderating Role of Critical Reviews and Moviegoers' Prior Knowledge” explores this very subject.
- Support: This research paper will address the rhetorical situation of the professional writing genre of movie critique, and present the argument that reviews homogenize society's interest in film. In order to support the rhetorical situation with data, I plan on presenting the reader with primary sources, such as consumers’ comments on internet movie reviews, as well as providing secondary support in the form of research on Rotten Tomatoes' target demographic. In order to support the argument that reviews influence a movie's success and moviegoers' preference, I will use both primary and secondary sources. Actual movie reviews, the effects on the box office after a review is released, and people's reviews on the Rotten Tomatoes' website will provide primary evidence for my hypothesis. In addition to these sources, scholarly sources about the effects of movie reviews on society will also contribute to the research paper.
- Closing: This paper will help us understand the work industry of movie review, as well as the effects of movie reviews on society's preferences.
Now, you can organize your proposal however you may like. We choose to go with a memo-like format, sharing the topics of idea, argument, support and closing. See what works best with your topic!