Problem-Solution Essay Outline

Structural Outline for the Problem-Solution Paper
You don’t need to fill this out. Just follow the guidelines as you write.
A. If the prompt says you’re writing a letter, be sure to include a salutation.
Example: Dear Mr. President,
B. Attention-grabbing hook (question, scene, interesting fact or quote, setting a
scene, etc.)
C. Introduce the problem.
D. Causes/effects of the problem (Why does the problem happen? How does it
impact society, individuals, etc.? Why is it so important that we address this
problem as soon as possible?)
E. Thesis Statement (main-idea sentence) stating proposed solution.
A. Propose a solution that addresses the problem. Focus your paper on one solution
and the steps you would take to carry out that solution; do not list multiple
1. Explain the initial step you would take to implement the solution,
giving specific examples.
2. Another step for implementing the solution (with elaboration)?
3. Another step for implementing the solution (with elaboration)?
B. Discuss why this solution is an ideal solution. Consider such factors as low cost,
efficiency (how easily it can be implemented), the reasons why the solution
would appeal to a specific group of people, incentives for adopting this solution,
1. Provide evidence for each reason. For instance, if you’re proving that
your solution can be carried out with very little cost to the public,
demonstrate how the solution can be done using volunteer labor or
buildings that already exist.
2. How does this solution help the problem or a certain aspect of the
A. Reiterate why this solution is the perfect solution and how it helps address the
problem (while using different wording than the intro and body paragraphs). Be
sure to avoid new information in the conclusion.
B. If the prompt says you’re writing a letter, be sure to end with:
Your Full Name