In this week’s readings and learning activities, you focused on choosing a topic, narrowing it down, and crafting a thesis statement. For this week’s discussion, respond to the following questions in at least two well-developed paragraphs:
• Tell the class about a community problem – The Opioid problem in Indiana and how to improve. Who are the people in your community most affected by this issue (key stakeholders)? Who in the community is in the best position to bring about a change? What challenges have kept them from solving this problem already?
• Share your preliminary thesis statement. Use the brainstorming chart below to help you develop your thesis.
o In your thesis, be sure to identify your target audience, a concrete action the audience can take to solve the problem [solution], and a reason for action [problem/benefit].
o Example: The San Antonio School District [target audience] should provide every high school student with an electronic tablet [solution] because this will encourage more learning outside of the classroom, increase mastery of skills, and increase college acceptance rates [benefit].
• Do not worry about getting your thesis perfect this week. At this stage, your thesis is more of a hypothesis that needs to be tested and refined as you dig further into the problem you will attempt to solve.
• Finally, wrap your post up with an open-ended question.
Identify the community problem you wish to address.
Write a research question that could help you to understand the problem.
Who is your target audience?
What is the action that could solve the problem?
What are the reasons that this solution is needed?
Create an enthymeme with a claim (what should be done) + Because + the reason(s) this should be done.
Sites to research
Indiana: Opioid-Involved Deaths and Related Harms