Problem Statement Workshops


Problem Statement/Introduction Workshops

Basic Problem Statement Worksheet
This short worksheet reviews the four parts of the problem statement introduction.

Problem Statement Logic Worksheet
Similar to the basic worksheet, this worksheet's four questions focus on the logical relationships between the parts of the problem statement.

Introduction Workshop 1
This worksheet asks editors to identify the introduction's grammatical and problem statement elements.

Introduction Workshop with Self-Critique
This worksheet has two parts: students evaluate their own introductions before passing them to their partners.

Speed Editing for Problem Statements (contributed by Elise Pugh Lauterbach)
"Speed editing" is like speed-dating. This workshop exposes students to a wide variety of student writing and asks them quickly to translate their initial impressions into coherent advice. Each student has to quickly give the author one concrete suggestion for revision. The author writes it down on her sheet and at the end of the class has a sheet full of concrete suggestions. You can speed up the time allowed for each pairing as the class continues and the students become more comfortable critiquing the work they see.

Elevator Story Speed Dating
Similar to speed editing, but in this workshop students present their elevator stories rather than sharing written work.

Introduction Workshop: Pass It Around
This worksheet includes instructions for groups of three students to workshop introductions in class.

Another Basic Problem Statement Worksheet
This worksheet focuses on the discourse community: who holds the status quo position and who would care about the consequences.

For this workshop, have students bring their problem statements to class with the consequences deleted. Part of the purpose of this exercise is to demonstrate that consequences change depending on the intended reader.

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