Label Problem Statements

Problem statements
Identify/Generate the principle
Time: 20-30 Minutes

This is the ideal first activity after explaining the transition from fairy tale to academic problem statement.

Choose some sample problem statements. The first ones should come from the list in Sample Problem Statements, some should be more complicated examples, from magazine articles, the Cav Daily, articles about your theme.
Ask students to label the parts, alone or in partners. Share results as a class. (Talk about why magazines areless likely to include all four parts in one pithy introductory paragraph; readers are already invested in reading the whole article because they subscribe to the magazine, etc.)
A handout of sample problem statements relating to a theme; in this case: food (compiled by Melissa White).