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For this assignment, you will gather information now to help you construct an expository essay later. Remember, you are just gathering information and getting your essay started–you are not writing an entire essay here! As a reminder, here is the essay prompt:

 

Write an expository essay that informs your audience about a significant problem you aspire to solve when you grow up. Use academic writing to describe the problem in detail, its causes and effects, and explain (not argue for) two possible solutions for positive change. Support your ideas with well-researched evidence.

 

Your expository essay must be based on this prompt and topic, and it must incorporate ideas and information found in at least three researched sources.

 

 

There are 3 steps to this assignment:

 

Step 1: Identify Your Research Question

 

What’s Your Problem?

Complete the following sentence:

What are the causes, effects, and possible solutions of _____ (insert your selected problem here)?

 

 

 

 

Step 2: Organize Your Information

 

Research your topic and find at least three credible resources to use for this assignment.  Be sure to really take the time to not just find the information you need but to also discern the credibility of the sources you use.

 

Complete the organizer below to record your findings and source information.

 

 

Body Paragraph 1: State the two main causes of the problem you have selected. Include the source information (title and author) and URL (website) where you got this information. Then, in 2-3 sentences, explain (as you would to your teacher) how each cause directly impacts the problem.  Remember, you are just gathering information and getting your essay started – you are not writing an entire paragraph here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are two causes of my problem?

 

Cause 1–

With direct quote from your research

 

Source Information: Title, Author (if available), and URL

 

 

Explain how this cause impacts the problem.

 

 

Cause 2–

With direct quote from your research

 

 

Source Information: Title, Author (if available), and URL

 

 

Explain how this cause impacts the problem.

 

 

 

 

 

Body Paragraph 2:  State the two main effects of this problem. How does your selected problem impact the world around you – specifically, your reader. Include the source information and URL for where you got this information. Then, in 2-3 sentences, explain (as you would to your teacher) how each effect directly impacts your reader. Remember, you are just gathering information and getting your essay started–you are not writing an entire paragraph here!

 

What are two effects of my problem?

 

Effect 1

With direct quote from your research

 

 

Source Information: Title, Author (if available), and URL

 

 

Explain how this fact impacts the reader.

 

 

Effect 2

With direct quote from your research.

 

 

Source Information: Title, Author (if available), and URL

 

 

Explain how this fact impacts the reader.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Body Paragraph 3: State two proposed solutions to this problem that you have found in your research. Include the source and URL for where you got this information. Then, in 2-3 sentences, explain (as you would to your teacher) how these proposed solutions could work to solve the issue. Remember, you are just gathering information and getting your essay started–you are not writing an entire paragraph here!

 

What are two proposed solutions to my problem?

 

Solution 1–

With direct quote from your research.

 

 

Source Information: Title, Author (if available), and URL

 

 

Explain how this solution could help.

 

 

Solution 2

With direct quote from your research

 

 

Source Information: Title, Author (if available), and URL

 

 

Explain how this solution could help.

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Write Your Introduction

Now that you have researched your problem and understand it inside and out, it’s time to put

together the introduction of your essay. Having a strong introduction with a clear thesis

statement will help guide your writing when you go to put your essay together later on.

 

Hook

 

 

Bridging Statement

 

 

Thesis Statement