Problem Statement Handouts


Problem Statement, Introduction, and Conclusion Handouts

These handouts are adapted from the LRS curriculum and from Colomb and Williams, The Craft of Argument. New York, Longman, 2003. The first version of this archive was compiled by Jim Cocola.

| Types of Problems | Problem Statements/Introductions | Conclusions

Types of Problems

Problems in Academic Argument
An overview handout that describes tangible and conceptual problems and emphasizes that readers determine when and whether a problem is significant.

Worksheet: Tangible and Conceptual (adapted by Andrea Bobotis)
This worksheet has a number of example problems for students to assess. Can be adapted with problems drawn from your readings or relevant to your theme.

Writing About a Conceptual Problem: Getting Started
The process of articulating a conceptual problem for a paper assignment.

Worksheet: Assessing Your Problem
This self-assessment asks students to consider whether readers will care about the their problems.


Problem Statements/Introductions

Problem Statement Stories (adapted by Andrea Bobotis)
This handout uses story structure to summarize the parts of a problem statement.

The Basics of Problem Statements (adapted by Andrew Douglas)

The Parts of a Typical Problem Statement (adapted by Cinnamon Grabill)

Developing Good Problem Statements (adapted by Kevin Seidel)
A concise, complete overview of problems as they are developed in introductions.

Problem Statements: Logical Connections (adapted by Marianne Montgomery)
This handout visually maps the logical connections between the parts of the problem statement. It is especially useful for students who have one part of their problem in mind but need help articulating the other parts.

Elements of Academic Problem Statements (adapted by Michael LeMaster)
Another overview. This one emphasizes the logical relationships between the parts of the problem statement.

Destabilizing Moments
List of forms a destabilizing moment might take.



Conclusions Overview

Conclusions: Mirroring Problem Statements (adapted by Cinnamon Grabill)