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Blog Posting #5 — What’s Wrong, What Can We Do about It? (Problem/Solution Argument with Research)

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You will compose this blog posting in your Sutori blog​Click on  Student Blogs  and locate your name/blog 💥 EXTRA STEP: Because our course is part of a required outcomes assessment study this semester, you will need to submit a copy of this blog posting in a file upload (Microsoft Word or PDF) to the assignment link located in the Canvas Module for Blog Posting #5. This outcomes study has NOTHING to do with your final self-assessment of your writing growth. Please contact me if you need assistance. 

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​As you’ve explored the SDGs in this course, you probably have connected with one or two particular goals that have really resonated with you and maybe even made you angry. Or you’ve come to hate the “problem” that’s the focus of the SDG. Rather than simply being a malcontent, writing an analytical argument about the problem you hate may be a way of better understanding this “problem” that bothers you while also possibly helping you find solutions to this problem.​What if you could persuade those who have the power to change the “problem” that you hate? Tackling a problem that is reflected in one of the SDGs is the purpose of this blog posting. Something is not as it should be, and you wish it were different. You have the solutions to the problem; your goal is to get those in power to accept these solutions.

· Labor Specifications: Postings should be developed responses (if you need a target, shoot for 1,500-2,000 words). Postings may contain text, video, images, links, etc. You are considered the composer of your blog, so there is no limit to the creativity you may use! You must employ 4-6 outside sources in this blog posting (see below for specifics). Check out this  Google Folder  with resources for writing your Problem/Solution Argument.

· Audience: You are writing for the someone (or people) who has the power to make the change that you seek. You must convince them that the problem is serious and that your solutions will, indeed, work.

· Purpose: You want to persuade. But remember, this is not the persuasion of an emotional person throwing a written tantrum about the problem. Instead, you need to convince your audience that the change that your solutions will bring about is in everyone’s best interest, not just one segment of the global community.

·  Process:

1. Locate the problem . Once you have chosen the SDG that you will explore, write down everything that you can think of that makes this goal representative of a severe problem. Focus on the causes of the problem and who it impacts. What stands in the way of having this problem solved? What are all the different groups that are affected by this problem?

2.   Analyze your audience . Which decision-maker(s) are you going to write to? Why have you chosen them? Consider your audience’s needs, attitudes, and knowledge regarding your chosen problem.

3. Make your case that the problem exists . Write an argument that describes and illustrates the problem to the best of your ability without relying on any additional sources. This is only based on your experience/knowledge, but remember what you know about your audience. What can you say that will persuade them to agree with you that this is a problem worthy of their attention?

4. Improve your case . What additional information and research will help improve your argument that this is a problem? What do you need to prove to your audience to be convincing, and what kind of proof do you need to find? Are your sources convincing and authoritative (your appeal to ethos)? To support your evidence of the need for solutions, provide research about the SDG “problem” that is being discussed. Use the  Library’s Electronic Databases  and locate at least 4-6 sources. With clear APA or MLA formatting for in-text citations and a Works Cited or References page, use these 4-6 outside sources in your blog.

5. Create solutions . As you research your problem, you will likely locate information on potential solutions. You probably have a few ideas of your own as well. What would be effective solutions to your problem? Try to come up with  at least 3 separate solutions  that could be implemented. How will you convince your audience that these are good solutions? Are they reasonable? How will they be implemented? What are any additional costs for these solutions? How will you know if your solutions work?

6. Draft, revise, edit . Now that you’ve done all of this thinking, planning, and research, write the solutions to this problem targeted toward your specific audience. Revision will likely happen even as you draft and your thinking clarifies, but of course, if an idea arrives that requires you to rethink something earlier, such as your choice of solutions, you’ll need to revise accordingly. If you are connected to your material and considering your audience, your instincts will tell you if something seems off target. Listen to those instincts, and don’t shy away from digging in and fixing something you think needs it.

Student Samples for Blog Posting Attribution: Taken and adapted from John Warner’s  The Writer’s Practice .

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