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Monday, February 25, 2013

26 Bell311 class. Problem and solution essay.


How to Write a Problem-Solution Essay in 16 Easy Steps

Problem: you’ve been assigned a problem-solution paper. Solution: this handy, 16-step guide will help you successfully tackle the assignment.

1) Take a walk. A good problem-solution paper addresses a problem that is worth pursuing and can be solved practically.
2) Develop a proposal. The first person you’ll need to convince of your topic is yourself.
3) Get early feedback. Make it known to others what your plans are: talk to your teacher, friends, parents—anyone—about your ideas.
4) Don’t jump to conclusions—any.  Unfortunately, in our rush to judgment, we often miss key details that would help us make better decisions.
5) Research, research, research. No matter how much you already know about your topic, there will likely be plenty out there that you don’t,
6) Research some more—but creatively. If you’re tackling a school or local community issue, printed materials may be scant, but consider it an opportunity to collect your own data.
7) Map, plan, or outline your essay first. Know where your paper needs to go before you begin.
8) When you’re ready to begin writing, start with the problem section first. It’s the easiest and most logical place to start,
9) Your middle section must establish common ground. You’ve addressed the problem, sure, but before anyone will accept your solution, you need to show you've taken the concerns of others to heart.
10) Before you propose your solution, address other alternatives first. Show you’ve put some thought into your solution by acknowledging and critiquing other possible solutions to your topic.
11) Propose a plan of action. Clearly describe your solution so that your audience can imagine what it will be like.
12) Conclude with a call to action. Encourage your audience to accept your views and join the cause. 13) Write your thesis last. A strange idea, but theses for problem-solution papers are pretty straightforward
14) Revision advice #1: Use visualization whenever possible.
15) Revision advice #2: Make your audience care about your ideas.
16) Publish—or perish. Go public with what you’ve learned! A problem-solution paper is just that—a paper—unless those people affected by the problem are made aware of what you know. Talk to your instructor about expressing your knowledge in a new form: a documentary, a pamphlet, or a new club.

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