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									                             Problem Solution Essay Outline

Paragraph 1 Introduction
A. If the prompt says you’re writing a letter, be sure to include a salutation.
        Example: Dear Neighborhood Officials,

B. Attention-grabbing hook (question, scene, interesting fact or quote, setting a scene, etc.)
       What are some illustrations or examples of the problem?
       What are the most troubling or alarming images associated with the problem?

C. Introduce the problem (context)
        Describe the problem.
        What group of people might understand or sympathize with this situation?

D. Thesis Statement (main-idea sentence) stating proposed solution

Paragraph 2: The Problem

A. Consider causes and effects of the problem
      1. Why does the problem happen?
      2. How does it impact society, individuals, etc.?
      3. What are the short-term effects? Long-term effects?
      4. How does this problem affect the attitudes and other behaviors?
      5. How might this problem snowball?
      6. What other situation (event or attitude) does this problem resemble?
      7. Why is it so important that we address this problem as soon as possible?
 Paragraph 3: The Solution
 A. Propose a solution that addresses the problem.
       What action will BEST address the cause of the problem?

 B. Discuss why this solution is an ideal solution.
        How does this solution help the problem or a certain aspect of the problem?

 C. How can that action or set of actions be implemented?
       Explain the steps you would take to implement the solution, giving specific examples.
       Consider these questions:
           1. Who will be involved in the solution?
           2. What will happen to make this solution work?
           3. When will the solution take place?
           4. Where will the solution take place/how will the solution work?

Paragraph 4: Counter Arguments and Concessions
  A. Address concerns about or opposing claims to the solution.
       What might stand in the way of this action?
       How could those involved overcome obstacles?

  B. Acknowledge the shortcomings.
         Does this solution have limitations?
         Could this solution fall short? (Under what circumstances?)

Paragraph 5: Conclusion
  A. Restate the significance of the problem.

  B. Remind the reader of the benefits to this solution
       Be sure to avoid new information in the conclusion.

  C. Call to Action
       What do you want your reader to do now, or better understand?
       Give an outlook on future developments

  D. If the prompt says you’re writing a letter, be sure to end with:
                                         Your Full Name

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