Paper 7: Final Problem-Solving Researched Proposal (20%)
A persuasive researched-based proposal addressed to a specific, named decision maker, stating a real problem in your workplace, school, church, community, or volunteer organization and offering a solution to the decision-maker, in at least 3,500 but no more than 5,000 words (for the aggregate "package"), including, in this order:
- Letter of Transmittal to the external decision maker OR Routing Slip to the internal decision maker via any required intermediate approval stops
- Title Page (listing the decision maker’s name and title, the title of your proposal, your name and position, and the date)
- Executive Summary (the revised and graded version of your Discussion Topic response)
- Table of Contents (listing every section and beginning page number)
- List of Illustrations (the illustration titles and page numbers where your illustrations appear)
- A series of Text sections separated by specific headings and including at least two integrated and sourced graphic aids (that is, incorporated on the same pages that discuss each) and in-text MLA format citations reporting at least eight external references that are listed in the Works Cited page.
- Recommendations – a series of step-by-step actions for the decision maker to take to implement your proposed solution
- A Works Cited Page (so titled) with at least eight references in MLA format (must follow MLA format guidelines and must consist of at least three different TYPES of sources – no more than three of any given type, except no more than two personal interviews). ALL references MUST be used in in-text MLA-style citations in the body of the report. In-text citations contain the first word of the Works Cited entry and the page number, in parentheses.
Graphics MUST NOT be on stand-alone pages, only on the page with text that refers to them specifically. NO “clip art” will be accepted as one of the two required graphics, but may be used in addition; graphics must contribute something not explained by text alone. Graphics created by you should be labeled (Author); those created by you from another source, such as statistics you found in an article, should be labeled: (Author, derived from Jones 3).
At least THREE different types of sources must be used (for example, newspapers, magazines, Internet, interviews, books, journals). No more than three of any type other than interviews may be counted toward the eight required, and no more than TWO interviews may count (more of any kind of reference can be used, if necessary – they just don't count toward the eight total).
"Internet" sources are references found ONLY on the Internet; a newspaper article obtained from the paper's website counts as a newspaper article, not as an Internet reference. Works Cited Internet sources MUST include the section title, the home page title, the author (if available), and the date of your access, the date of publication, in addition to the URL (in the order specified by the MLA guidelines).
- Neither the Letter of Transmittal (or Routing Slip) or Title page contain page numbers.
- The Executive Summary through the List of Illustrations are lower case Roman numerals.
- The first page of the report is not numbered.
- Page two of the report through the end of the document are labeled with Arabic numerals. Location on the page is up to the writer but should be consistent. If the pagination feature of your word processor proves too troublesome, simply insert the page numbers manually (followed by a hard page return to assure they appear where they should).
PEER REVIEW of this project will be accomplished by your drafting a list of possible sources (Annotated Bibliography) and an Executive Summary in advance of creating this report and sharing each document in the corresponding Discussion Forum.
- Begins with a letter of transmittal (if to an external decision maker) or Routing Slip (internal recipient) containing the appropriate routing (with names and positions), a brief description and what is expected, and the author's name, title, and contact information.
- Includes Executive Summary that addresses purpose (to address a problem), the problem, the impact, the proposed solution, and the steps necessary for the decision maker to take to implement the solution.
- Pagination is as specified.
- Core contents have section headers.
- Includes at least two sourced graphics and MLA-style in-text citations for at least eight different sources (including the graphics), of which no more than two of which are interviews.
- Works Cited page is alphabetic and in MLA format.
- Both in-text citations and Works Cited page are in MLA format.
- Appropriate spelling, grammar, construction and focus throughout.