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Overview
Write an appropriate variation of a problem/solution essay, based on ONE of the choices below:

Pathway/Career Interest Prompt Variations
Choose ONE, based on your Pathway/career interest:

AHCD
Business
Education
Health Science
IMCT
Public Safety
STEM
SBSHS
Style and Length
Your paper should adhere to MLA document formatting
Minimum word count: 1500
The essay must incorporate evidence from 3-5 sources
in-text MLA citing is required, along with
a corresponding Works Cited page
Submission Guidelines
Submit via Assignments as an attachment in Word
Deadlines
Consult course schedule/syllabus for both rough draft and final draft deadlines
Grading
The final draft will be assessed using the Essay Rubric (with research)

STEM Proposal Argument with Research
Write a research essay that proposes a solution to a practical problem faced by the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics community and address your proposal to anyone who might help solve the problem.
“In a proposal argument essay, writers address an issue and suggest a possible [or the best ways] way to fix it. Proposal argument essays work to convince readers that the proposed solution[s] is [are] effective and realistic” (Rhetoric Matters: Language and Argument in Context).

Your essay should put forth a practical proposal, not a policy or opposing viewpoint one.

“A practical proposal argument seeks to solve a more local or simple problem with a tangible solution. For example, if a certain school is having a problem with weapon-related violence, a practical solution might be to install metal detectors at all access points and increase police presence. This is a practical proposal because there is a very clear cause-effect relationship between the action and its effect and because the resources needed to enact this solution are measurable in terms of cost and supplies” ((Rhetoric Matters: Language and Argument in Context).

Pick a topic that has a direct impact on your life, your school, or your local community. Think of a STEM issue that you are deeply interested in and that affects your daily living
For example, how could you reduce your daily dependence on fossil fuels?

Thesis
The thesis statement should clearly signal to the reader the problem and essay’s intention to tackle the best solution or set of solutions. The thesis may also lay out the proposed solution(s).

Mode 1
One possible way to develop the proposal argument research essay is to focus on one solution and the 3-5 supporting reasons for it being the best solution.

A sample thesis for this mode would read: “Because of the high amount of weapon-related violence at ABC School, metal detectors should be installed at all access points.?

The essay body would then go on to support this position–that installing metal detectors is the best solution–by developing 3-5 reasons.

Mode 2
Another possible way to develop the proposal argument research essay is to focus on a series of solutions that should be implemented to solve a problem.

A sample thesis for this mode would read: “Due to the volume of weapon-related violence at ABC School, multiple solutions are necessary.”

The thesis may also lay out the proposed solutions themselves, as in “Due to the volume of weapon-related violence at ABC School, the campus should remain locked, metal detectors should be installed at all access points, and police presence should be increased.”

The essay body would then propose each solution, and the accompanying rationale and evidence, in its own paragraph.