proposal assignment compare and contrast society during early renaissance europe contemporar

A proposal of 2 – 3 pages regarding your intended project is due.


Topic is identified.

Thesis statement is included (as best you know it at the time of writing).


Quality proposals will use at least one academic source to inspire a strong and original point of view.


The highest points are conferred for originality, the locating and detailing of controversies, and for nuanced papers that sensitively explore their topic. 


This is not a synopsis of your essay, but a plan on how you will develop the topic for the paper. Your plan for research, benchmarks and due date to bring project to completion will be included.



A thesis statement clearly states your topic, premise and/or is a statement of purpose that your research will support.


Understand that you are making a best effort to describe your project early on, but allow yourself to be open to growth and change as you conduct research and focus your intentions.




Research Topic

100 pts




points per category



With Thesis


Page count

2 – 3 pages of content

(not including title page

or list of references page)


In-text Citation

in proper

APA format


List of References Page

3-5 different resources listed in APA format











Topic Named

There is a clear and focused introduction.

The thesis is clear, original, and sophisticated.

The ideas embedded in the thesis are appropriate to the length of the assignment


2-3 pages Content

excluding  title and reference pages


In-text citation

List of Reference page

(as best you know it now, references may change

as project progresses)

Proper Use of APA format


Word Choice:

The language is rich, effective, natural, precise, and vivid. Words used to convey images are appropriate to the audience and purpose. Vocabulary is varied, specific, and accurate. It is appropriate for college-level writing.

Sentences add interest and flow to text.

There is strong control over simple and complex sentence structures.


Content for Topic & Proposal

Plan of project clearly explained.

Thesis statement included

Topic identified


Cohesive and detailed proposal written

with originality, locating and detailing of controversies and nuances that sensitively explore the topic.

There is an explanation of

how the topic will be researched and

how the thesis will be explored from

a Humanities perspective


Project timeline and benchmarks are identified

Between assignment due dates


Topics and paragraphs rise above commonplace thinking and summary.  Quoted material is used powerfully to support analytical points (and not as padding).


There is a graceful transition to the next paragraph.  The ideas explored are significant, substantive, and instructive.


Ideas/topics support the thesis so that the paper is a unified whole, and not a concatenation of appended mini-essays.



It has a clear introduction, body, and conclusion.


The writing is structured to enhance meaning.

Transitions are used to move from point to point. Transitions provide logical sequence appropriate for the purpose.



Academic tone, and avoidance of slang







Writing for the Humanities






Writing for the Humanities

Composing for the humanities is “technical” in its own way.  Students are to read broadly in philosophy, art, literature, political science, and history; and are to show that they can bridge conceptually across humanistic inquiry, innovate meanings that are not apparent at the surface of texts, locate controversies and conflicts that are worthy of researched exploration, and show depth and focus of contemplative thought and character in

conducting work of this kind.




APA Formatting

Page Layout








APA Formatting:

Margins: no more than 1-inch on all sides

Font:  12-point Times New Roman or Arial

.  Pagination is in the upper right of the page.

Citations are scrupulously observed in-text and have a matching full reference on a reference page with hanging indents

(also formatted correctly

double spaced in TNR 12 point font)

Both in-text and full references are complete according

to the APA style sheet.



Grammar refers to the correct usage of Standard American English.  Mechanics refers to idiomatic conventions (capitalization of proper nouns, spelling, and punctuation).

Style refers to persuasiveness, sophistication, wit, and transcendent quality.

Sentences should be varied in length and complexity without loss of clarity or precision of meaning.

Style makes a paper a pleasure to read.



Academic Integrity


Originality no more than 30% content is quoted or cited references


Academic Integrity

Original work

Sources do not exceed 30% of the content

and are cited correctly






points earned


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