What is a problem, local, personal, or national, that you would like to write about? Come up with a few.
Lets go over the proposal prompt for the first essay.
Lets come up with a big list of problems we can possibly write about.
The proposal asks that we define a problem and come up with a solution that we can implement to the problem. It is important in critical thinking to think thought the decisions. If you come up with a solution, you have to think of the implications it will have. Will it lead to problems in the future? While we may not be able to predict with certainty if it will cause problems, we can think through it and anticipate some possible negative outcomes.
Obstacles to Critical Thinking
- The topic is too controversial.
- The topic hits “too close to home.” Personal experience with topic.
- The topic disgusts you.
Begin researching the problem you are thinking of writing about. Find at least one source to use for your first essay that helps you to define the problem.
Do not assume that the problem is real! Question your assumptions and find proof from a reliable source.