Writing Assignment: Research Proposal Letter
For this assignment, you will write your research proposal letter. You are required to submit only your final draft for this assignment (though we encourage all students to take advantage of the additional feedback a draft can provide). Use the grader’s feedback and the rubric to make revisions to your draft before submitting the final. Your second draft will be graded.
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This research proposal letter will be directed to an audience who can create change (Congressperson, business administrators, or other similar audience.) In the proposal, you need to suggest a change or a solution to a current problem. As you have already chosen a topic for your research proposal letter in Topic 6 and conducted an interview that will become one of your sources for this letter, you do not need to choose a topic. You must use the same topic that you began researching in Topic 6, and you must use your interview as a source.
Your research proposal should be presented in a letter format including the following information:
• Your mailing address (Note: For privacy reasons, you may opt to not disclose your mailing address when you submit your letter to our graders for review; however, should you choose to mail your letter to your chosen recipient, you will need to include your mailing address, as this is a customary business letter practice.) Note that a formal letter does not require your name in the header. Your name will go at the end, with your closing.
• The date you wrote the letter
• A name and mailing address for the individual to whom you are writing the letter• A greeting or salutation• A closing and your typed name (Note: A written signature is optional for your submission, but should you choose to send your letter, you would need to include your written signature between the closing and your typed name.)
Scroll to the end of these instructions for an idea of how you should format this assignment.
To organize this information, follow the format included in the course site in the “Assignments” area. For your proposal, follow this organizational framework:
For your researched proposal, follow this organizational framework: • Introduction: The ProblemIdentify the problem, including researched information to explain it fully. You may devote more than one paragraph to describe the problem if needed. To determine
the extent of the information you must provide about the problem, consider the letter recipient’s understanding of the problem.• Body: Your ProposalExplain the specifics of your proposal. What are your solutions to solve this problem, step by step? What is the cost? How is this cost incurred? What ideas do you have for funding your proposal?Justify your proposal. How will your proposal solve the problem? Why is this proposal feasible?Concede or refute the counterarguments: Will the letter recipient have certain preconceived ideas about the subject? How can you address these counterarguments without diminishing your argument? Note: You will lose points from the rubric if you do not address the counterargument.• Conclusion: Your ArgumentTake into consideration your chosen audience and his/her interests. Use persuasive techniques to align your proposal to the audience’s ideals. You may use more than one concluding paragraph if needed.
See the end of this document for more specific information about formatting your letter appropriately.
You are required to use source information, including ideas you learned from the interview process wherever it will prove your point. In addition to the interview itself, you should have at least two other credible sources, for a total of at least three sources. Note: If you do not meet the source minimum, the rubric will automatically be scored down.
Since this is a letter, you will use signal phrases (i.e., “As Fugle describes…”) and omit parenthetical citations (“Fugle”). You must include a Works Cited page for this assignment. Good, informative signal phrases will be important in order to make sure your sources are credited (example: “Fugle, a well-known environmental researcher, explains the problem by…”).
As with all college writing, you must include a strong thesis statement and take care to avoid logical fallacies while following the other standards for academic writing.
You might use this as a guideline in crafting your thesis:
Valley City should (add solution suggestion), which (add how it can be funded) and (add justification), although (add counterargument focus).
Here is a more specific example:
Valley City should (use its largest abandoned warehouse for a new recreational center to hold before and after-school programs), which (can be conveniently funded by the tax stream that was being used to construct Main Street until this point), and will (provide the final element—housing—in order for local schools to also implement a before-school program(, and although (some community
members do not believe before- and after-school programs are necessary(, they should (review the high number of students apprehended by law enforcement during the hours before and after-school programs would operate).
The guidelines for this assignment are as follows:
Length: This assignment should be at least 500 words.
• This assignment has a special format (letter style), so you will not use a typical header • Single-spacing, with a double-space between paragraphs (see below) • Standard 12 point font (Arial, TimesNewRoman, Calibri)• 1” margins on all sides •
Since this is a formal letter format, you will not underline your thesis statement.
This is what I wrote for topic 6 interview (below)
Starting a Renewable Energy Electrification Project
Electricity transforms society. Thomas Edison said, “We will make electricity cheap that only the rich will burn candles.” This has always seemed to be the main motive of my interviewee. John Park is a crowned Engineer known for his marvelous works in the energy sector and Chief Engineer of the National Grid. I met him at a dinner party in one of the biggest hotels in New York hosted by my cousin. I could not hide my amusement to have met such a legend, and without wasting time, we scheduled for an interview. Due to global warming and climate change, many countries recently use renewable energies. Therefore, this is an interview on the importance of renewable energy to society.
We met recently at his residence, and after lunch, we settled at his backyard for an interview. These are a few of the highlights of our conversation.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I was born in New York City as the second in a family of three. I attended elementary and high school here in New York. I later Joined Stanford University for my degree in Engineering. I was employed at the National grid substation as a supervisor where I grew to the person I have become.
How did the experience at the grid shape you to the person you are now?
First, I love my discipline, and through approaching challenges in this field, it opened my mind to new ideas and better approaches to transform power without affecting the surrounding.
Your first project before joining the national grid, Wind and Solar power to power your neighborhood, what motivated you?
At that time, power bills were very high, but nature provides wind and solar and all you needed was an initial capital for solar panels, alternator, and good storage. This made me develop a powerhouse in our home for lighting and powering sockets.
What are the advantages of using renewable energy over coal or oil?
Coal and oil power stations are expensive to run compared to hydro, wind or solar since they need fuel for their operation. In addition, non-renewable energies harm the surrounding compared to renewable sources.
Last question: Who is your role model?
President Barack Obama, despite being born in racism, he fought for what was right.
In conclusion, from the above information, it is important for individual and nations to embrace renewable energy to save lives and the environment.