Take a look at the Advocacy Proposal assignment sheet (attached). In 3-4 paragraphs please address the following elements:1) select a potential topic for your Advocacy Proposal2) explain why you chose this topic and its potential relevance to a general reader (why would an audience care?)3) describe the problem with the status quo (i.e., what needs to be fixed/changed about this issue)4) explain who needs to act to solve this problem5) suggest a tentative solution/course of action
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Final Project for COM 100W: Advocacy Proposal
Craft a 2,000-word well organized, researched and reasoned essay intended to persuade readers
to adopt a specific policy on a topic you select. Your policy proposal must be different from the
status quo. In other words: dont argue for something were already doing. Your mission is to
convincingly persuade an audience to change the way they act or think about a particular issue.
Youll need to explain what the issue is (the national debt, immigration, Libya, etc.), why the
current approach is unsuccessful and why your course of action is the best one available. Please
provide us with relevant and credible evidence from 8-10 sources (cited in MLA).
Statements of policy are phrased like this: The United States of America should immediately
intervene in Syria because the US has an obligation to help end the human rights abuses and
stabilize the Middle East. Or: Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment because of
our rising debt. You are advocating a position on an issue. Here are some ideas for getting
Step 1: Investigate an issue that engages you on some level (personally, intellectually, etc.)
Determine the problems associated with this issue. Whats the status quo? What needs to
Step 2: Draft a proposal. Offer your statement of policy. Who should do what because why.
What concrete steps need to be taken? By whom? Why is it important to do so? How
does the community (or sub-community) benefit from adopting this new course of
Step 3: Identify who your audience is. This is the who part. What agency, country, group or
individual needs to take action? Your argument must engage this audience.
Step 4: Construct your argument. Using the researching and outlining methods we discussed in
class, build an argument that will persuade your targeted audience to adopt the proposed
course of action. Support your ideas with your research.
Try to incorporate the various methods and ideas from the previous weeks. But you can approach
this assignment in many ways. Ideally, you should be engaged and passionate about the topic.
This will translate onto the page. Well be discussing this assignment over the rest of the
semester and youll be peer reviewing a draft in the upcoming weeks.
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