The problem solution essay

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The problem solution essay

  1. 1. THE PROBLEM- SOLUTION ESSAY Prof. Julia I. Martínez
  2. 2. 2 The problem-solution essay is a formal piece of writing in which we suggest solutions to a problem.
  3. 3. 3 Problem-solution essays  They analyse the problem(s) associated with a particular issue or situation and put forward possible solutions, together with any expected results/consequences.  The writer’s opinion may be mentioned, directly or indirectly, in the introduction and/or the conclusion.
  4. 4. 4 A good opinion essay should consist of:  An introductory paragraph, which states the problem (reasons why it has arisen can also be included);  A main body, in which the suggestions and their results/consequences are presented (each suggestion should be discussed in a new paragraph); and  A concluding paragraph, summarising the main points of the essay, and/or giving the writer’s opinion.
  5. 5. 5 Points to consider:  Present each suggestions in a separate paragraph, and remember to include the result or consequence of each of the suggestions made.  Well-known quotations, rhetorical questions or thought provoking statements are useful devices to make your composition more interesting.  Before you begin writing, you should always make a list of the points you will present.  Do not use informal style or very strong language.  Use appropriate linking words/phrases to show the links between paragraphs, as well as to link sentences within paragraphs.
  6. 6. 6 SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS Introduction Paragraph 1: state the problem and its cause(s)/effect(s) Main Body Paragraphs 2-5: proposed solutions & results E.g. Paragraph 2: Solution 1 + Result Paragraph 3: Solution 2 + Result Paragraph 4: Solution 3 + Result Conclusion Final paragraph: summarise main points and/or include your opinion
  7. 7. 7 Bibliography:  Evans, Virginia. Successful Writing Proficiency. UK: Express Publishing. 1998 (New Edition, 2002).  Evans, V. (1998). Successful Writing Upper-Intermediate. EU: Express Publishing (New edition, 2004).

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