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ENGL 1302 Taggett: Paper 3: Supported Proposal Argument

This guide has resources and tips to help you with assignments in Prof. Taggett's ENGL 1302 course.


Paper 3: Supported Proposal Argument (required for all grade goals) is due July 2.

Directions are on the left side of this page. Help with Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) is on the right. 

For help finding research sources, review the resources on the Paper 2: Annotated Bibliography page

Assignment Directions

  • ENGL 1302

    Assignment 3: Proposal Argument Essay

    Review Syllabus for due dates

    A fully-developed essay will need to have heft to it. Consider filling at least five (5) pages (of pure content. The title page and bibliography do not count toward this page count)

    8+ credible sources

    Meets all objectives



    Academic arguments are found in every discipline and in the workplace; if you are an engineer, a business person, a scientist or another professional, you will be called upon to write proposals, bids, ads, grants and other documents that make an argument in order to raise funds, win a contract or even get equipment for your laboratory. This is the culmination of assignments 1 and 2.


    Thesis Statement:

    Your thesis statement should be centered on an argument and be clear, specific and focused. It will follow Proposal Argument format, as outlined in EA Ch. 12: A should do B because of C.


    Questions you will want to answer before you outline this paper:

    • Who is your audience? Who has the power to make the change you want them to make?
    • What is the action you want them to take? (remember you want a specific, clearly-defined action).
    • Why should they do what you are asking them to do?
    • What format will your argument take? Classical? Rogerian?
      How you incorporate definition, causal and fact arguments?


    Support or Evidence:

    You will need to back up each claim you make within the argument. You will use your sources to build credibility/ethos and gain authority to speak as a writer on a particular topic. Your aim is to persuade your audience, thus you must use credible sources to back up everything you say. You can use ethical, emotional or logical appeals. You’ll want to avoid logical fallacies within the argument. You will use both direct quotes, paraphrases and will cite all your sources correctly in the text as well as prepare a Bibliography to accompany the essay.



    Your sources should be credible from your annotated bib, ideally. You must cite at least eight (8) credible sources. They should also be well integrated into developed paragraphs and not just be dropped in but contextualized.


    What Are the Formatting Requirements of the Paper?

    You will write at least five pages of content and include your title page and bibliography, written in CMS style (see the CMS tab in your Writer’s Reference), including sources you have assessed to be credible. The paper should be in Times New Roman, 12-point font with 1” margins and include an interesting and descriptive title.


    Grading Criteria:

    • Clearly describes or quantifies the problem or need.
    • Engages (and does not ignore) the difficulties suggested by the research or the plan.
    • Uses source materials well and places them in a logical relation to other sources and the thesis, utilizing summary and paraphrase, saving direct quotes for uniquely-worded or necessary instances.
    • Responds to the needs or concerns of the likely audience (or funding source).
    • Strives to persuade the reader to take a specific action.
    • The solution seems feasible and addresses most if not all aspects of the problem.
    • Guides the reader through the argument (using good transitions, sign posts, forecasting, etc.).
    • The paper is formatted and all sources are cited correctly in CMS format.
    • The paper meets the page and source requirements, completely addressing the prompt.
    • The paper is clear and has mostly error-free writing.

Help with CMS


Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) is pretty different from MLA or APA styles. Check out this comparison chart at the bottom of the links below to compare all three styles:


Instead of writing in-text citations using parenthetical documentation like (Author Page#) or (Author, Year, Page#), the most common style of CMS uses notes at the bottom of each page every time you directly or indirectly quote a source. Use the Insert < Footnotes option in Word to create notes.

CMS notes include more information about a source than APA or MLA includes in in-text citations. That's because CMS is primarily used in history, and readers usually want more information about sources the writer uses up front than in other disciplines.  

Instead of a Works Cited or References page, CMS uses a bibliography page with complete citation information for sources used.

Use the links below for guidance on formatting notes and bibliography citations for different kinds of information sources. 

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