You should have decided on a topic at this point, and now it’s time to move from general to specific.
Create a new thread that contains the following:
List 10 general questions you have about the topic. These questions should be open-ended, and should not be answerable with a simple “yes” or “no.” See the Developing Research Questions page for examples. Then, try to narrow your focus by choosing 3 of the 10 questions that strike you as interesting. Note these 3 interesting questions in your post. Lastly, reflect on why those 3 questions interest you the most by writing an explanation of why they interest you underneath each of the 3 interesting questions. Respond to two classmates’ posts using one or more of the following reply prompts: Would you agree that the 3 questions chosen by your classmate are the most interesting of the 10? Suggest possible research sources or events related to your classmate’s research questions. Suggest possible connections from your own research questions/topic and your classmate’s questions.
Second part: Your Research Essay Proposal document should include 4 parts: Your research topic, research focus, and why you have chosen this topic/focus (3-4 sentences) Your working thesis (a statement, not a question) An overview of your resources (3-5 sentences) A working plan or outline (2-3 sentences)