Criteria ratings – School Core

Format: MLA formatting (typed, double-spaced, submitted as a word-processing document)
Length: 250 – 400 words (approx. 1-2 pages)
Value: This project will be graded out of 100 possible points and will be part of the Unit 1 Assignment group.
Assignment:
Write a brief research proposal in which you 1) identify a topic that you want to address and 2) define the existing context for the topic, including how different groups have engaged with the topic. You must cite and reference at least two sources to receive full credit.
Your research proposal should
offer a specific research question and thesis for your proposed project
provide enough context to explain why the topic is relevant and how it has been addressed by other writers, citing and referencing at least two sources
make clear how your project will add new insight to a contested issue relevant to the topic, whether through offering new information or analysis, proposing a solution, or extending perspectives in novel ways
*To ensure that your draft meets all criteria for this assignment, please refer to the Proposal Template*
OBJECTIVES:
Identify a topic that you will research further throughout this course
Narrow your focus from a topic to a specific issue
Demonstrate your ability to analyze existing perspectives on the topic
Develop a research question focusing on the issue you will pursue
Articulate and develop your own perspective on a relevant issue
Rubric
PEER REVIEW – Unit 1: Research Proposal
PEER REVIEW – Unit 1: Research Proposal
Criteria Ratings
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDefining the Issue: How well does the writer explain the issue they want to write about and the larger topics it is part of? What can the writer do to address the “stage” they set for explaining who cares about the issue and why?
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeConcepts: What concepts or terms might the writer introduce or define more clearly in order to give context to what their issue is?
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeExisting Perspectives: How thoroughly does the writer explain what others have already written about this issue? What else do you know about the issue that you might help the writer research or understand?
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeOther Feedback: What else could you say to help the writer improve their proposal? Remember to frame your response constructively!
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePraise: What are some things that the writer does really well in this proposal?

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