Narrow your choices down to three promising ideas, and then choose one.
Decide on your audience.
Analyzing background research
The text analyzes a problem, breaks it down, and looks at possible solutions
The text suggests using a simple chart.
It presents a list of four question.
It suggests five steps to look at the proposed solutions.
Analysis of sample essays
Looks at the way that the readings in the chapter presented the problem and explained the proposed solution.
In the case of the boxing proposal, about one-third is concerned with presenting the problem, and about half consists of explaining the solution. In contrast, Jenkins uses 80 percent of his essay to describe the problem and only 7 percent to the solution.
Developing an outline
See the guidelines for developing a working outline, pages 343-344.