Blog Post 4: Midterm proposal


This proposal will require you to formally lay out your plan and rationale for approaching your midterm project on a discourse community of your choice. Your proposal should take on a fairly formal tone, being as "plain and persuasive" as possible. Your proposal should contain the following elements, probably with separate headings for each:

1. Introduction

  • Here you should introduce the topic of the proposal (what is a discourse community?)
  • You should also give some sense of what your proposal will cover

2. Description of the current situation

  • Here you should give a brief overview of what you've read about discourse communities so far.
  • Why do people choose to study discourse communities in the first place? What is the point? What do they reveal?
  • Whose approaches to studying discourse communities have been useful for your thinking?

3. Description of the project plan

  • Identify how you will conduct your own research study of a discourse community
  • Account for both the major and minor steps you expect to take in this process

4. Review of qualifications

  • Here you should discuss what makes you think you will be able to pull this project off
  • What experience or skills will you use in carrying out this project?
  • What resources (either people you know or material resources) do you have at your disposal to carry out this project?

5. Discussion of costs/challenges

  • What are the major difficulties you will encounter in this project?

6. Benefits and conclusion

  • Here you should conclude by explaining what you think the value of this study will be, either personally or for the class
  • What do you think you'll discover in your research?

Specs and requirements

  • Proposals should be at least 500 words
  • Rough draft is due in class for peer review (5 copies!) on Tue, March 19th
  • Final drafts are due to the blog by 10pm 3/21
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