This week, you will begin working on a research-based problem-solution essay to help solve a problem in your community. For the list of possible topics and all of the assignment requirements, please see the project description in the Course Introduction and Resources Module.
For your initial post, please answer these questions.
What is the problem? What proof do you have that it exists? Is it getting worse?
Why should your audience care? How does the problem affect them?
What is your tentative claim or thesis? Example: “We need to change/fix/improve/….”
How would you solve the problem? What are a few possible solutions?
Which solution do you think is likely to be the best? (It is ok if your answer is tentative.)
What is your call to action? What do you want people to do?
Then, based on your answers to these questions, create a simple outline following this template.
Introduction and explanation of the problem
Identify the problem
Background and history of the problem
Solution one: pros and cons
Solution two: pros and cons
Solution three: pros and cons (as needed)
Call to action
Later in the week, as a second post, locate a quality source related to your topic and summarize it in your own words. In your third and any subsequent posts, provide helpful feedback to your fellow classmates.