AgendaReview: Essay #4 Basic FeaturesDiscussion: KornbluhIn-Class Writing: Finding a problem towrite about: Community
Essay #4Essay #4: Proposing a Solution : Essay (1000-1500 words)150 pointsAssignment: Write an essay from 4-6pages in length, thataddresses the topic below. Use a minimum of two crediblesources to support your argument.Prompt : Write an essay proposing a solution to a well-definedproblem faced by a community or group to which you maybelong. Alternatively, you may address a well-defined problemfaced by one of the districts or communities in The HungerGames. Address your proposal to your audience: one or moremembers of the group, its leadership, or to outsiders who maybe able to contribute to solving the problem.
BASIC FEATURESA Well-Defined ProblemA Clearly Described SolutionA Convincing ArgumentAn Effective CounterargumentAn Evaluation of Alternative Solutions
Consider Kornbluh’s “Win Win Flexibility”What is the problem? Which of these strategies doesKornbluh use to define her problem? • giving examples to make the problem specific • using scenarios or anecdotes to dramatize the problem • quoting testimony from those affected by the problem • citing statistics to show the severity of the problem • vividly describing the problem’s negative consequences
What is Kornbluh’s Solution?Which does she use to demonstrate her solution? the proposed solution would reduce or eliminate a major cause of the problem; a similar solution has worked elsewhere; the necessary steps to put the solution into practice can be taken without excessive cost or inconvenience; or stakeholders could come together behind the proposal.
How Does Kornbluh Address Questions and Concerns? by acknowledging an objection by conceding the point and modifying the proposal to accommodate it by refuting criticism—for example, by arguing that an alternative solution would be more costly or less likely to solve the problem than the proposed solution.
Alternative Solutions How does Kornbluh present her solution as preferable to other possible solutions?
A Readable Plan Which of the following does Kornbluh include to make her essay easy to read: a forecast of the argument key words introduced in the thesis and forecasting statement topic sentences introducing paragraphs or groups of paragraphs repeated use of key words and synonyms throughout the essay, particularly in topic sentences clear transitional words and phrases headings that explicitly identify different sections of the essay visuals, including charts that present information in an easy-to- read format
Choosing a Topicfor your Essay!My Community,Club, or Group
Your ChartGroups and organizations ProblemsThe Hunger Games Not Enough FoodDe Anza College ParkingYour Neighborhood Drug Dealers?Your Club Martial Arts Group?Community No place for kids to play?
Solution ProblemNo safe place for kids to 1. Start a volunteer parentsplay group to offer after school activities at local schools.
HomeworkWriting: Post #38 Identify a problemfaced by people in a group orcommunity you belong to. Howwould you solve the problem? Writeone paragraph outlining the problem.Write another explaining a solution.