Essay 3 Prompt Essay 3: Problems in the Community
???? Essay 3 Texts ???? Independent research
A minimum of 7 sources, at least 5 of which are scholarly and peer-reviewed. You are welcome to exceed these minimums, but going below them will result in a loss of points.
The community can be any group with a common identity or interest, such as employees at a particular job, residents of a particular neighborhood, people who participate in a particular hobby, or people who share a salient aspect of their identity, such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, etc. As you analyze the problem, consider the following:
How long has the problem existed?
Who began (and who perpetuates) the problem? Why? Was it intentional, or what was it an unintended consequence of?
Who (if anyone) benefits from the problem? What are those benefits?
Why hasn’t the problem been solved yet? Who is (and who is not) aware of the problem, and who benefits (or believes they benefit) from the problem?
As you advocate for a solution, consider the following:
Has your solution been trie-d before? What would be different this time?
What would the intended and unintended consequences of your solution be?
How would the solution make things better for people in the community?
Also, As you explain this, imagine you’re explaining it to someone who is opposed to your solution; anticipate counterarguments and provide rebuttals, and don’t take for granted any agreement on the part of your audience.
Your essay will score up to 300 points for:
Writing an essay that synthesizes information to support analysis or argument (SLO 2)
Also, Supporting a thesis with persuasive evidence and reasoning (SLO 3)
Writing an essay that effectively employs analysis, synthesis, summary, causal analysis, advocacy of an idea, persuasion, and refutation (part of Course Objective 12)