Writing a Problem-Solution Essay: Drafting the Essay
If youve done a thorough job researching and planning, writing a problem-solution essay isn't difficult. Open the Problem-Solution Essay diagram that you created in Webspiration Classroom™ to help you draft your essay.
|Introduction: The Problem||The opening paragraph needs to: |
|Body: Possible Solutions||The body should: |
|Conclusion: Call to Action||The conclusion should briefly recap the problem and proposed solution. It should end with a strong call to action—possibly telling the reader what will happen if your solution isn't implemented.|
Transitional words and phrases are like glue—they hold your essay together. Use them each time you start a new paragraph or between thoughts within a paragraph. Here are a few transition words and phrases to get you started:
- As a result,
- For this reason,
- In addition,
- In conclusion,
Drafting in Webspiration Classroom™
Use Outline View in Webspiration Classroom to draft your essay. You can type your paragraphs directly into the outline as if you were working in a word processing program. This will allow you to get feedback from your peers and teacher using the Collaboration Tools.
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Start by thinking about things that bother you or problems that you find irritating. If you've thought, "I know how this could be done better!" you have a great idea for your paper.
Step One: Think about groups that you belong to and problems that those groups have. Make a list of groups you belong to like:
- Hometown community
- Sports teams
- Hobby groups
- People groups (teenagers, high school students, college students, family, males, females, race, culture, or language group)
Step Two: Make a list of problems you have encountered in some of these groups. Sometimes, there is a plan for a solution but it isn't working, or maybe the plan isn't being enforced. The problem doesn't have to be a big one, but it has to be something you can convince other people needs to be and can be solved, or at least made better.
Step Three: Once you have your topic, you might want to go through the exercises in my problem solution guide to get ready to write.