Discuss at least one other viable option for solving the problem, in order to compare your solution to it to demonstrate how your solution is more feasible,

Essay Two Assignment Instructions
Writing an Effective Proposal

Most novice writers assume all they have to do to write a Proposal is to write up their suggestions for improving something, and their job is done.
Writing an effective proposal essay tests your abilities to:
convince a specific Target Audience to act on your ideas, which means you have to investigate the problem–including who is affected by it and how they are affected, thus
dissect the problem fully and clearly, so your Target Audiences needs and concerns are all discussed and dealt with,
produce feasible and cost effective solutions, which means taking into account the three costs every business or organization worries about: costs in
personnel wages,
time, and
actual money
provide authoritative, accurate evidence to support your claims about the problem and about your proposed solution, as well as
compare and contrast other feasible solutions with your own to prove your solution is the best solution.
Most college students, especially those straight out of high school read the words argument and believe they can choose any broad social problemdrugs, guns, bigotry, womens rights, etc.to write about, not realizing that these issues are HUGE, and would require books to cover sufficiently, not short six-page documented essays.
So realize that this assignment is a test of your ability to write to the needs of a small, local Target Audience about a specific problem affecting them (i.e. learning to focus your writing to a narrow topic).

Assignment Specifics:
Choose one problem currently being experienced by a small group of which you are a part (e.g. your work team, your family, your social club, your athletic club, or your community). Note that you cannot use this assignment to solve a personal problem just for yourself. Such essays are simple problem-solving essays, not proposals, which must be directed at helping someone outside yourself.
Analyze that problem clearly and carefully, so that your Target Audience(s) can fully understand why the problem is a problem, including for whom it is a problem. Make certain you check to make certain your solution for the problem has not already been attempted before!
Interview one authority on the topic, preferably someone who has experienced such a problem before or someone who is a member of your Target Audience (e.g. your boss, a teammate, a family member, the leader of your social group or club, the mayor or city council member of your community).
The interview can occur in any of three ways:
In person
By phone
Via email
Review pp. 331-3 in Writing from Sources to prepare for the interview.
Discuss at least one other viable option for solving the problem, in order to compare your solution to it to demonstrate how your solution is more feasible, more cost effective, and reduces the possible negative impacts on the people currently affected by the problem and the people who will be affected by the solution.
Investigate the problem/solution parameters via authoritative outside sources, using at least two sources in addition to the person you interview.
Persuade your primary Target Audience that they must approve and act on your solution in order to solve the problem.
The essay should also be single spaced, but double spaced between paragraphs, and documented using MLA style. To make certain you take the time to cover possible alternatives to prove your solution is the best solution, the essay should be at least 1200 words long.

Remember, our textbook, Writing from Sources, does not discuss the importance of orienting your essays toward a specific Target Audience, so be certain to read the assigned class materials, including the Week 2 Lecture, carefully, and ask questions if you have them.