Project Proposal


Project Proposal Grading Rubric


  1. Does the project proposal clearly include a problem and tentative solution for the final proposal essay?
  2. Does the proposal explain why the problem and solution are important and relevant to a specific audience? Can the specific audience enact the proposed solution? Does it describe why the problem and solution are interesting and should be written about?
  3. Has a research question been proposed?
  4. Is a tentative answer (also known as a tentative, working thesis) to the research question obvious? Does the tentative, working thesis argue for a tentative solution to the problem?
  5. Is the introduction engaging? Does the conclusion close the proposal?

If the answer to any of these questions is “no,” I give the essay some kind of C. If the answer to most of the questions is “no,” its grade will be lower. To essays that have received “yes” answers to the questions above, I add the following:


  1. Does the project proposal include a research plan? (For example, what do you need to know to write a persuasive final proposal essay about the problem? Does the plan include kinds of sources and tentative keywords and search terms?)
  2. Have the “so what” and “who cares” questions been addressed? (For example, what are the implications of your research beyond your specific audience? Which other audiences might be interested in what you discover? What impact might your research have on whom? How can your study contribute to the ongoing conversation about the problem? Will your work build upon, challenge, or extend upon solutions others have proposed?)
  3. Does the proposal include a proposed schedule?
  4. Is an MLA style preliminary works consulted list included?
  5. Are spelling, grammar, and organization excellent? Does the assignment meet the length requirement of 3-4 pages?

Depending on my answers to these questions, I give the essay some kind of A or some kind of B.