Guide to problem and solution essays
- HOW TO ARGUE YOUR SOLUTION
WHAT’S A PROBLEM AND SOLUTION ESSAY ANYWAY?
- If there’s a problem, there usually is a solution and even when there’s not a definite solution, there are people arguing over which solution is best.
- Problem and solution assignments don’t have to be essays, they could be a geometric proof, a lab experiment or political science question in social science.
HOW DO I ORGANIZE THIS THING?
- Before you get started on the essay, you need to organize your ideas in some sort of pre-write.
- Use the following graph to organize your ideas.
- Put the problem you’ll be analyzing here
- Put your thesis (main solution) here
- Address arguments that oppose your solution as well as other solutions. Be sure to explain the importance of the information
SUCCESS WITH PROBLEM AND SOLUTION
- Part of your task it to inform the reader of the problem that you are introducing.
- The other part of your task is to persuade the reader to agree with your solution and or action.
- Offer help to those who are addicted and create programs to prevent new addicts.
SO WHAT’S MY THESIS?
- Your thesis may vary depending on your topic, audience and information.
- Your thesis could argue for one main solution
- “Although many disagree, spanking is still a useful tool to use for discipline problems as long as it is used constructively.”
- When using this format, your body paragraphs will all tie into and support your solution.
- Your thesis could argue for the urgent need to solve the problem.
- “Even though several attempts have been made to eradicate drunk driving, people still ignore or deny the reality of drunk driving consequences.”
- When using this type of thesis, your body paragraphs will support and tie into the importance of the problem.
WHAT WILL A PROBLEM/SOLUTION ESSAY LOOK LIKE?
- Here is a sample essay from a student in an English class.
- Make sure you do not act like a politician… meaning do not complain about a problem during your entire essay without creating a solution
- If you do argue for a solution, be sure that you explain the solution thoroughly and realistically so the reader will be convinced
- The rubric will follow the same as all other essays presented in this class.
- Do not forget to use MLA format.
- 12 pt. Font
- Times new Romans
- Double spaced
- Don’t forget to remove spaces between paragraphs.
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