Introductions: Formulating Problem Statements

Describing a problem efficiently doesn't solve it, but a well-crafted argument can move readers to action. High schoolers focus on structuring problem statements by reading examples of strong essays and working in groups to create their own compelling statements.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use in the context of a larger research unit, or as a stand-alone activity
  • Have learners rotate through different groups for multiple perspectives
Classroom Considerations

  • Part of a larger series about argumentative writing and research skills
  • Requires essays from previous years as examples; if you are a first-year teacher, consider formulating these statements yourself or borrowing examples from other teachers in the department
  • Based on Kate L. Turabian's Student's Guide to Writing College Papers
Pros

  • Encourages critical thinking and peer editing skills, as well as collaborative learning
  • Includes a graphic organizer to analyze example arguments and to create original statements
Cons

  • None