I strongly suggest you come to office hours to discuss your topic proposal with me, because I will review all proposals for viability and reject any inappropriate or undoable topics.
The written proposal must include the following 2 things: 1.
ii) is a road map for the paper; in other words, it tells the reader what to expect from the rest of the paper. A thesis is an interpretation of a question or subject, not the subject itself.
The subject, or topic, of an essay might be World War II or Moby Dick; a thesis must then offer a way to understand the war or the novel. v) is usually a single sentence somewhere in your first paragraph that presents your argument to the reader.
If you simply retell the story of his exile from Massachusetts and what he thought of the Narragansett religious beliefs and practices, that’s a book report, not an honors level research paper. It is unlikely you will be able to fool the reader into believing you liked a topic that you didn’t actually like.
However, if you explore the significance Narragansett religion had on Williams, his writings, and his life, you have the makings of an interesting and important research paper. I suggest you write about an area that most interests you and in which you might already have some background knowledge. Now, narrow down your topic: Once you’ve chosen a topic, ask yourself if it’s narrow enough for you to tackle in the paper or honors thesis you will be writing. One important consideration is the availability of material.
If you choose a topic that is not of interest to you, it will show in your paper.
This topic must remain of interest to you for two semesters, so give it some serious consideration.
How to Write a Paper Topic Proposal & Thesis Statement • PART 1 OF THE ASSIGNMENT: PAPER TOPIC PROPOSAL The formal research paper or honors thesis will provide you with an opportunity to more fully develop the background and implications of one of the topics presented during the semester or explore a related topic not covered.
Your paper topic proposal requires research in order to make your proposal as close to your paper topic as possible.