This lesson uses the basic components and requirements of a proposal and provides a form that can be used as a guideline and an outline for the structure of the essay. This lesson can be used to propose changes to a policy on school campuses or to change a behavior amongst students in school. To help students understand the proposal, you may wish to provide them with sample newspaper articles that contain elements of a proposal, or you may wish to show them a movie that is a proposal (such as Food, Inc.) and have them take notes in which they detail each element on paper.
Benefits of this Lesson:
The outline serves as a formative assessment during the writing process. It allows the teacher to observe the level of understanding of each student prior to the final draft writing of the essay. Issues with organization, reasoning, and such can be caught at this stage of the writing process, allowing the student time to remedy the issues prior to turning in a final product. This also shows a teacher to see where gaps may exist in the teaching of the lesson and allows for time to teach any missing elements.
Included this Lesson:
1. Elements of a Proposal Handout (contains a detailed explanation of each element)
2. Outline of a Proposal