Essay 1 Topic Proposal with Research

For this assignment, you need to do two things. The first thing is to write a topic proposal. This proposal should be one paragraph in length. It should clarify which film you want to write about for your first essay, which category you want to focus on, and it should outline a working or preliminary thesis. It should also give a brief account of your interest in the topic and thesis. Why did you choose these things, and what do you hope to achieve in writing about them? 
The second thing you need to do is list at least three potential secondary sources that you’ve researched yourself, using the HCC library database. To list the source, simply write the name of the author and the title of the source. Then, write 2-3 sentences explaining how the source might be useful to you in your paper. Here’s an example, following from the same topic I’ve been using as an example throughout the assignment: Night of the Living Dead and the category crisis surrounding science and nuclear energy: 
Source 1: Filling the Hole in the Nuclear Future: Art and Popular Culture Respond to the Bomb, edited by Robert Jacobs. This is a collection of works that focus on how American popular culture and art deal with anxiety about the dangers of the atomic bomb. This work will show evidence that fear of atomic radiation was a very common theme in popular culture around the time when George Romero made Night of the Living Dead. 
This example is basic, but it’s all you need to do–just remember that you need to repeat it three times for three different sources. 
Nuts and bolts: One paragraph essay proposal. This paragraph should outline your film selection and the specific category crisis you want to focus on, as well as a working thesis and an explanation of your interest in the topic. This paragraph should be at least 250 words. Then, you need to list at least three potential secondary sources for your paper, with explanations for the value of your project, as shown in the example above.