Essay 3: Speculating about Causes Any complicated problem has many possible causes. Your job for thi
Essay 3: Speculating about Causes
Any complicated problem has many possible causes. Your job for this essay is to identify a
complex, important problem that you care about and, using research, argue for what you
believe are the most likely causes of this problem. (You must argue for at least two causes.)
You dont have to come up with the causes on your ownthats what the research will help
you determine (along with your own observations and experience).
Specifically, you will need to do the following: describe your problem, demonstrate its
existence and importance, and propose what you consider to be the most likely causes for it,
using support from your research and any appropriate experience or observations. You
must also consider and respond to alternative causes and/or objections readers might have
to your proposed causes. Please see the suggested outline below for a guideline on how to
organize this information. Youll need to figure out your topic and begin your research early
in order to have a successful paper.
This essay should be 7-8 pages long and use at least 4 credible sources, documented in
M.L.A. format, with a works cited page.
The rough draft of essay 3 is due to be posted to the Essay 3 Peer Review forum by Sunday, April 23.
Two peer reviews are due to be completed by Wednesday, April 25.
The final draft of essay 3 is due to be uploaded into turnitin.com by Sunday, May 7.
Suggested Outline for Essay 3
a. Engage the reader (hook them)
b. Introduce the topic (the problem)
c. Provide your thesis (in this case, you will focus on the causes here)
II. Overview/history of problem
Here you will provide an idea of where this problem originated from and how it affects us
now. Good sources for this section would be books and encyclopedias.
III. Current issues related to problem
Here you will show readers the relevance of your topic by showing how it relates to us
currently, perhaps by using related current news events. Good sources for this section
would be newspapers and magazines.
IV. Why your problem is a big deal
Here is where you will explain how your problem impacts us and why we should care about
V. Cause #1
Argue for the first cause of your problem using facts and examples from your research and
VI. Cause #2
Argue for the second cause of your problem using facts and examples from your research
VII. Cause #3
Argue for the third cause of your problem using facts and examples from your research and
VIII. Alternative causes and objections
Explain why people might disagree with you and other causes that are blamed for this
IX. Respond to these objections by showing why your causes are still the most important.
a. Reiterate your main point, expanding or deepening upon it, or highlighting what you find
b. Urge the reader to do somethingto act, to think about, etc.