Listen carefully as your classmate reads her/his proposal. Make notes as follows:
1) What is the research question being proposed?
2) What primary texts will the writer use?
3) Are any secondary texts being considered at this point?
4) Is the writer taking one of the creative approaches suggested in the paper prompt?
After answering the factual questions, consider the following:
1) Can the research question actually be answered? Note: this doesn’t mean, is it a yes/no question with a clear-cut answer? (If that’s what it is, though, make sure you clue the writer in to this problem.) Rather, consider whether it seems too broad or narrow to answer in 7-10 pages and with the resources suggested.
2) Is the research question interesting? Can you imagine more than one answer to it? Can you imagine people disagreeing about it? Why or why not?
3) Does the writer need to rework the question in response to questions 1 & 2? Can you help him/her do so?
4) If the writer is taking one of the creative approaches suggested in the paper prompt, how will s/he incorporate research into this approach?