In Module 3, you will write a proposal argument essay from your Proposal Classical Argument
Thesis/Outline Assignment that you submitted in Module 2. Your textbook readings for the first
modules of the term have taught you the importance of being able to develop an argument with a
clear thesis statement and sound academic evidence. These are skills that you will use in your
academic coursework that prepare you with critical thinking skills for the workplace environment.
The assignment will allow you to practice using the proper documentation style guidelines for your
major course of study. Correct documentation style usage is a critical skill for academic and
professional writing to avoid plagiarism. This first essay in the course will provide a foundation
from which you can grow your academic writing with the input that you receive from your
Review chapter 13 in the textbook for the sample proposal classical argument essay written in the
documentation style for your major course of study. Using the sample and your outline from
Module 2, write a proposal essay using the Classical model of argument in which you address the
question in the prompt. The research sources for this essay have been provided for you in our
course. Any additional sources that you may choose to use must be credible academic sources.
You may include biblical support, but your biblical support does not count in the required citations.
 Prompt: What needs to be done to reform public education in the United States?
 Write a 1,000–1,200-word proposal essay using the Classical Model of argument in which
you address the question in the prompt. (Title page, citations, and reference section should
not be included in word count.)
 Document your sources correctly according to your documentation style (Current APA,
MLA, or Turabian).
 Integrate a total of at least 4 quotations, summaries and/or paraphrases from at least 3
credible academic sources to support your thesis statement and provide opposing
Helpful Hints:
 Chapter 13 in Module 2 includes sample student essays for a proposal (Classical) essay
written in each of the documentation styles (APA, MLA, and Turabian).
 Review the Proofreading Checklist (below) to understand the content that you must include
in your essay assignment.
 Review the Proposal Classical Argument Essay Assignment Grading Rubric before
submitting your essay assignment.
Learn Application Successful Needs
1. Introduction: Establishes the context of the proposal and presents
the essay’s thesis
2. Thesis statement: Clearly states your debatable proposal argument
that includes a feasible solution for the problem
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3. Explanation of the problem: Identifies the problem and explains
why it needs to be solved
4. Explanation of the solution: Proposes a solution and explains how
it will solve the problem
5. Evidence in support of the solution: Presents support for the
proposed solution; integrates a total of at least 4 quotes, summaries,
and/or paraphrases from at least 3 credible sources
6. Benefits of the solution: Explains the positive results of the
proposed course of action
7. Refutation of opposing arguments: Addresses objections to the
8. Conclusion: Reinforces the main point of the proposal; includes a
strong concluding statement
9. Contains pathos (emotional) appeals, ethos (values/belief) appeals,
and/or logos (factual) appeals as appropriate
10. Title reflects issue and proposal information
11. Uses only third person pronouns (all first and second person
pronouns have been removed)
12. If using current APA format, contains properly formatted citations
and References page
If using MLA format, contains a properly formatted citations and
Works Cited page
If using Turabian format, contains a properly formatted title page,
citations and Bibliography page
13. Uses signal phrases and appropriate transitions
14. Double spaced; Font is 12-point Times New Roman
15. References/Works Cited/ Bibliography page includes all sources
cited within the body of the essay
16. Checked spelling, grammar/mechanics
When you are satisfied with the quality of your essay, submit in the course via the Turnitin link
for grading. Include your degree program and whether you are using current MLA, APA, or
Turabian in the document’s title when submitting your essay.
IMPORTANT: Fully cite all quotations, summaries, and paraphrases used within your essay, or
those excerpts will be regarded as plagiarism and will result in a “0” on your essay and possible
course failure

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