Project #47107 - problem/solution proposal assignment

1. Identification of a specific Target Audience

2. Statement of the Problem -- limited, specific, detailed

3. Evidence that the Problem exists -- and that the Target Audience should care about it (that it's a problem worth solving -- that it's important)

4. Statement of the Solution(s) -- specific!


5. Evidence that the Solution(s) are doable, reasonable, and affordable -- that the solutions will actually solve the problem

Problem/Solution (Proposal) Assignment

Assignment Learning Outcomes (what you should be able to do after completing this assignment). The student will be able to:

  • Clearly describe the problem

  • Clearly describe the solution

  • Convince the target audience that the solution will solve the problem

  • Choose a form and language that meets the needs of the intended audience

  • Use standard edited English (correct grammar, syntax, spelling, and punctuation)

Overview of your Task:

Write a proposal in which you define a problem and . . .


  • Choose an appropriate audience for the proposal (specific group of people or publication) -- ask yourself: Who can help me solve this problem?


  • Define the chosen audience (e.g. what values do the readers of this publication/group of people hold? What do the readers of this publication/group of readers know about the problem? What kind of personal or emotional responses might the readers of this publication/group of people have to the problem and proposed solution? What objections might the readers of this publication/group of people have to the proposed solution?);


  • Based on your audience and purpose, choose an appropriate form for your proposal to take.  A newspaper op-ed article, a letter or speech, or an essay are all possible genre/form choices.


  • Use audience-appropriate evidence (details, facts, quotes, illustrations, stories, examples) to help you establish that a specific problem exists and is important -- depending on your topic, you may need to do some limited research to gain credibility/ethos.


  • Propose a solution to the defined problem using a clearly defined thesis.


  • Use evidence (details, facts, quotes, illustrations, examples) to convince the defined audience that your solution(s) to the problem are reasonable, doable, and effective.

A few notes: There is no page minimum/maximum for this assignment. The length of your document will depend on your audience and the form that you've chosen to use. Also, when it comes to choosing a topic, you absolutely must choose a small, local and/or personal one. Do not try to tackle a topic like global warming. It's too big. Don't even try to tackle something more local like the Seattle traffic problem. Go micro. You could choose to address the problem of how your #77 bus is late on a regular basis. To come up with your topic, consider writing down a list of problems/issues that are very immediate and personal to you (things that affect you on a regular basis). Then, think of possible ways those problems might be solved. Then, consider who might be able to help you solve that problem. 

Formatting and Submission:

For this assignment, format your document based on the formatting expectations of the kind of writing that you're doing. So, your proposal make take the form of a webpage, a letter, a powerpoint presentation, an essay, or whatnot. Refer to Chapter 14: Designing Documents, pgs. 417-442 for help with design. Feel free to use visuals such as graphs or photographs if your proposal would benefit from them. You will need to upload your file to the drop-box marked "Proposal Drop-Box" area of our class webpage. No late papers will be accepted.

Grading Criteria

This assignment is worth a total of 100 points and breaks down like this (note that there is an interactive grading rubric in our online classroom that will be used, but it contains the below information -- to see the rubric, go to the Evaluation drop-box):

  • Choose a limited and important issue or problem that relates to his/her own life

  • Use evidence to demonstrate that a particular problem exists, is important, and is worth exploration

  • Specifically identify a particular audience

  • Choose a form that is appropriate for the chosen audience

  • Develop a thesis that states the solution(s) to the problem

  • Incorporate appropriate evidence to convince the chosen audience that the solution is reasonable, doable, fundable, and effective (no facts or quotes are just dropped in without explanation)

  • Anticipate and effectively address the needs and expectations of the target audience (e.g. respond to counter argument/claims)

  • Write a proposal with an informative and engaging introduction

  • Write a proposal where each paragraph/section connects to and develops the thesis.

  • Write transitions that logically and smoothly connect ideas.

  • Write an effective conclusion.

  • Choose vocabulary appropriate for your defined audience and establish credibility through effective tone, style, and voice choices.

  • Use standard edited English (correct grammar, syntax, spelling, and punctuation)  Note: If this category is marked below “Average,” then the paper as a whole will not earn higher than a 2.0 grade.

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 11/11/2014 05:00 pm
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