Our next assignment deals with a brief but equally important form of academic writing: the proposal. In upper level classes, you may write proposals for long projects and essays. You will also use proposals in formulating business plans and almost any group project that involves producing documents or other deliverables. Proposals are also embedded in the writing process itself in the invention stage of discovering an idea. Finally, a proposal is often the first step in taking action to get something done or secured in many industries, grant or government office as well as a variety of other areas of work. Proposals, and proposal writing, count a great deal. This proposal assignment will take a general approach and provide you with the basics to build on in your later courses. If all goes according to plan, the research topic and essay you propose here will serve as the subject of your required Annotated Bibliography and Final Research Paper.