Provides a general overview of the problem, question, or issue addressed.

A good topic needs to be focused with a good debate to enter. If you just report about a topic, it’s summary. However, if you frame a topic with a research question and then present elements of your topic that support and contradict it, as a critical thinker you can come to a conclusion about your research.
Think about thesis sentence construction with regard to your topic and through-line argument…. “if __________________, then ___________________, and so _______________________.”
The Research Proposal Should Be:
—speculative in nature
—have a meaningful and valid debate to enter and weigh both sides of
—use Frame & Case to build a complex and meaningful thesis argument (“if X, then Y, and so Z”)
—work with facts, not opinions
—avoid summary
—approximately two pages in length with 1” margins and 12 point font, single spaced, name and date at the top of the first page
As we work on our Research projects, let’s make sure to know the difference between “facts” vs “opinions” – read this link…. https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/06/18/qa-telling-the-difference-between-factual-and-opinion-statements-in-the-news/
The Research Proposal include the following information in paragraph form (use these five numbered headings):
1) THE TOPIC (about a paragraph long)
Provides a general overview of the problem, question, or issue addressed. Specifies the controversy about the topic and the stakeholders/constituents to the problem. Defines locations, time periods, etc. and cites specific sources to illustrate the scope and significance of the topic. (Do not pick a topic that is assigned as course work.)
2) A RESEARCH QUESTION & RELATED RESEARCH QUESTIONS THAT HELP FOCUS THE TOPIC
Articulates questions that lead to analysis rather than summary.
3) AN OUTLINE OF THE APPROACH YOU HAVE DEVISED TO EXPLORE THE TOPIC
Specifies key terms and concepts, names the case studies, and explains any proposed theoretical frameworks (such frameworks and cases may be vague at this point, but you should be moving in this direction).
4) TENTATIVE HYPOTHESIS
Formulate a tentative hypothesis that answers the main research question posed above.
5) PRELIMINARY ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY – AT LEAST 7 OR 8 CREDIBLE PRIMARY SOURCES AND 6 TO 8 SECONDARY SOURCES (you will add to this number later)
Try to identify case and frame sources as early as you can. Select a citation style (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.) suitable for research topic
TOPIC IS: BORDER SECURITY