The goal of this assignment is to help students identify and begin the early stages of research on a topic of some significance

Topic Proposal

Up to 100

This assignment is designed as the first step in a more robust research-based writing project (leading to L4 – The Big One). It is designed to help students identify a key issue for rhetoric and/or games, to do some exploratory research to see if that topic is a viable path of engagement, and to present a compelling case for pursing this topic further.


– Must have completed L2 – Expositing Play Strategies
– (3) PELs
– RR(4)

To complete this assignment, students need to write a proposal that identifies a key issue in relation to rhetoric and games, do some preliminary research on that topic/issue, and then draft a proposal that argues for this topic as a valuable line of inquiry. Papers should include the following sections: Focus Statement, Situating the Issue, Related Research, Extending Connections, and Gaming Support. Additionally, papers should include the student name, date, course, and assignment name as well as a unique title (meaning, simply repeating the title of the assignment will not work), and they should be handed in as hard copy (i.e., printed). [It is also recommended that these papers be peer reviewed at least once before being turned in for evaluation.]

Diamond Reward:
Students who successfully complete this assignment will receive +1 diamond.

Assignment Description:
Most critical lines of inquiry begin in preliminary thought and research where scholars notice an argument, a moment of stasis, or identify a central issue at stake in a particular content area or line of thought. Then they do some exploratory research to see what else is available on that topic: who has said what, when, and where, and why do those things matter. Those preliminary inquiries help scholars establish a basis from which to begin more critical engagements. As such, this assignment is designed to help students build a case for the need or value of a particular line of research, which they will then have the option to further pursue in L4 The Big One. For theproposal, students will locate a key issue they would like to explore in relation to rhetoric and games, do some preliminary research, and draft a proposal that makes the case for this topic as a valuable line of inquiry.

These proposals should include the following areas or sections:

  • Focus Statement: These can be traditional thesis type statement (usually a sentence or two) or they provide a more developed representation of what is at stake in the line of research students hope to pursue.
  • Situating the Issue: In this section, students should attempt to situate their issue into a particular conversation or line of research. Students should indicate a few sources in which the issue is prevalent and explain where those sources are taking the issue (i.e., what is its history, in limited fashion, and where are scholars/writers attempting to push the argument?).
  • Related Research: Students should identify 10 additional scholarly sources that may contribute to their argument (these can be done in bibliographic form).
  • Extending Connection: Students should identify one or two areas outside the immediate research focus where they might find scholars working on this issue or where work on another issue may be applicable.
  • Gaming Support: Students should indicate any potential examples or support for their issue that they may find in games, in gaming platforms and communities (i.e., Can we see this issue playing out in Forge of Empires? Or is it more akin to games like Red Dead Redemption, Modern Warfare 2, Mario Kart, ?)

Follow the 5 point to write 5 paragraph

An Additional Guide:
These proposals will vary in length. Depending on the topic and depth of research, students may have more information available to them and may have a need for saying more on that topic simply because that topic requires a more developed justification/explanation. But regardless of the necessary depth of each section, students should attempt to address all 5 sections indicated above.

Proposals will be graded on their overall written quality (Is the prose readable? Is it relatively free from grammatical and punctuation issues? Does it offer a sense of clarity of thought? Is it concise? etc.), the depth of the preliminary research and how well it supports/warrants further inquiry, the ability to situate the issue in contemporary or historically significant examples, the quality of the document design and format, and the ability to stay within the guidelines of the assignment.

The goal of this assignment is to help students identify and begin the early stages of research on a topic of some significance. This topic can then be extended into other assignments for the course, with L4 The Big One being a primary extension, but with many others being available as well.

Instant Completion:

Option 1 – (3) PELs, RR(4), and 6 Diamonds
Option 2 – 8 Diamonds



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