Problem Solving Essay Introduction

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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 ProblemThe opening paragraph needs to:
  1. Capture the reader's attention. Asking a question or quoting a fact can be an effective way to capture attention and introduce the problem.
  2. Define the problem and explain why it’s significant. Why does it matter? Why is it a problem?
  3. State your thesis.
Body: Possible SolutionsThe body should:
  • Contain at least two paragraphs that outline possible solutions and your critique of them (why you think they won't work as well as the best solution)
  • Present your preferred solution last, and support it with evidence documenting why it’s the best
  • Propose how you would implement your solution
Conclusion: Call to ActionThe 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.

 

Using Transitions
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:

  • Therefore,
  • As a result,
  • Nonetheless
  • Consequently,
  • 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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