Cite at least five credible, compelling sources as evidence.
This could include population (and other) data and statistics,
historical information, contemporary journalistic articles and
essays, academic journals, and any other relevant sources.
Embed these sources appropriately per MLA format, and
include a properly formatted and arranged Works Cited
3. As part of the task of defining the selected problem, explore
and explain its impact (relevance) on the selected
4. Display clear organization and impeccable, spotless
grammar and punctuation.
5. Make a case (supported by source-based evidence) for what
will happen should the problem continue.
6. Establish demographics/historical context for the community
and the problem. (What originated the problem? What is the
history of the relationship between the problem and the
7. Establish and define important terms, jargon, acronyms, etc
(Give the reader a footing in the language and concepts
necessary to understand the community and the problem)
8. Write clear, declarative sentences using active verbs and
Cite at least five credible, compelling sources as evidence. This
could include journalistic evidence, statistics, historical information,
contemporary articles and essays, academic journals, and any other
relevant sources. Embed these sources appropriately per MLA
format, and include a properly formatted and arranged Works Cited
3. Select an appropriate strategy and area of focus for this section of
A. Identifying divergent perspectives regarding your issue
Issues/problems which elicit a clear binary response, i.e. “people
believe either X about the issue or Y about the issue with little in-
between” are good candidates for this treatment. Also, issues
which provoke a range of judgments (not necessarily “solutions”)
along some sort of a spectrum also fit this strategy well.
Compare/contrast seems like a rudimentary strategy for examining
complex, real-world issues, but a full, sophisticated development
of two positions can definitely work here.
B. Explaining and exploring the various solutions, conclusions, or
resolutions which have been attempted or proposed in response to
Issues/problems which don’t necessarily polarize respondents but
simply haven’t been adequately solved or responded to are good
candidates for this strategy.
C. A balance of both. This decision, of course, is contingent on the
nature of your community and your problem.
Many issues will benefit from this strategy. Establish the major
schools of thought or philosophical positions which exist on the
topic, and then articulate, within that context, what responses,
solutions, resolutions, or conclusions have previously been
proposed and explore their plausibility, reasonable objections,
implications and limitations.
4. Display clear organization and impeccable, spotless grammar and
5. For each identified perspective, resolution, solution, or conclusion,
provide credible evidence from at least one reliable source as well as
your own commentary examining the implications, limitations,
reasonable objections, and factors which might limit the plausibility or
applicability of the source.