Identify/Generate the principle
Time: 20-30 Minutes
This is the ideal first activity after explaining the transition
from fairy tale to academic problem statement.
Choose some sample problem statements. The first ones should come
from the list in Sample Problem Statements, some should be more
complicated examples, from magazine articles, the Cav Daily, articles
about your theme.
Ask students to label the parts, alone or in partners. Share results
as a class. (Talk about why magazines areless likely to include
all four parts in one pithy introductory paragraph; readers are
already invested in reading the whole article because they subscribe
to the magazine, etc.)
A handout of sample problem statements relating
to a theme; in this case: food (compiled by Melissa White).