Final Essay: A Proposal for the Betterment of Humankind Your final essay—worth twenty five percent of your grade–will require you to make a claim of policy for the betterment of humanity and the world. Your proposal should be eight to ten pages in length, and employ a minimum of ten sources. It should be a policy you can actually employ and possibly accomplish during your lifetime. Exemplary proposals on a local level which would have made good papers include Laura Moulton’s Street Books Project and the Portland Fruit Tree Project. The Peter Singer text we’ll be looking at is full of ideas about effective altruism, and many of these ideas, too, would have made for a good paper. Your proposal should include A Description/Identification of the problem A Thesis which proposes a solution to this problem, in the form of a claim of policy, and a list of reasons for adopting this policy, and a list of effects A Demonstration of ways in which the proposal addresses the problem A Consideration of alternative ways to achieve the desired outcome, and a discussion of why these alternatives are not preferable to your own A Variety of Support, including 1. Quoted material incorporated properly into the essay Inclusion of one chart or graph One privately conducted survey or interview, with summarized results An annotated bibliography, five of which are from peer reviewed journals must also be submitted with your final paper. If your Works Cited page skills are a bit rusty, please consult the Purdue Owl Website. Part of your grade for this essay (5%)consists of a prospectus. Your first step toward completing this final essay is to compose the prospectus—that is, a half page to page long description of your proposal with a tentative thesis. Your prospectus will be due as soon as you can generate it! It should introduce the problem, and frame your proposal as a solution in a way that is practical and clear. You should complete an annotated bibliography of ten sources( also worth 5%). Essentially, an annotated bibliography is a works cited page which lists your sources (in MLA format) and, beneath each source entry, offers a brief paragraph assessing the source, speculating upon its purpose and possible usefulness with regard to your proposal. Your proposal will be due in final form by our final meeting. I welcome any questions regarding this assignment, and wish you all the best of luck!
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