Two types of proposalsAbout policies (broad social or political topics)
AboutPractices Often narrow topics of local interest
Make your argument clearand well defined
Offer a solution withjustification for that solution
Make a claim should/ should notThe government should provide more comprehensive physicaland psychological care for active duty military returning fromcombat zones.
Claim is often the conclusionthat can be stated as a thesis
Establish the need
Explain howyour proposal is in the bestinterest of the community
Act as a proponent ofpositive change
Why change? the current method of operation isn’t working. even though it appears that the current method of operation is working, it isn’t, or there is a better way.
Predict future consequences
Bolster claim with ethos appeals… …and specifically discuss how your proposal will address the problem
Prove that your proposal is feasible. scholarly researchcreative problem-solving
Questions to consider…
Is it clearly a callfor action?
Is it too sweeping? How can it be narrowed?Will my proposal really solve the existing problem without causing bigger problems? Is there another, simpler means of solving the problem? Is my solution really practical? What are the consequences and undetermined problems associated with my proposal?
Most readers are resistant tochange and would rather remain stagnant in thought.
Limit pathos appeals tocompelling case studiesor to just yourintroduction/ conclusion.
Open with a moving description of theproblem (1-2 ¶s) then introduce proposal& thesis statement. “Sell” audience onneed for this proposed solution ¶.RECOMMENDED OR PossibleBegin with proposal and feasibility structuresarguments, then demonstrate how it willmeet certain needs – do this withproposals that are intrinsically unusual,regardless of their practical value