In order to create a list of topics for problem solution essays, it is necessary to know what a problem solution essay is. Also since the essays are going to be written by middle school students, the topics have to be appropriate for their age level.
A problem solution essay is an article written to explain a particular drawback that is important to the writer. Once he explains the difficulty, he tries to explain to his readers why it is so important that the crisis be solved. The writer needs to be descriptive here so he can create some kind of emotion in the reader make him understand why the issue needs to be solved. The author can mention a personal experience to reinforce the reasons why the dilemma needs a solution. After that, the writer gives two or three possible solutions to the challenge. He then argues why one of the solutions would be the best and explains why others would not. He concludes the problem solution essay by convincing the reader that the solution you chose is best and why. Try to be descriptive enough to show the audience what life would be like if the issue was solved.
Since middle school students are writing these essays, we need to brainstorm about the life of a middle school student. Think about what kinds of issues a teenager may experience. Try to put yourself in their world and think about issues they encounter throughout the day. Break the day in the life of a middle school student up into segments. For example:
Now think of areas where challenges may occur at each of these segments:
Once you have identified what types of areas there could be difficulties, now you can brainstorm about specific problems in each of these areas. Some examples would be:
Once we walk in the shoes of a middle school student for a day or two, we can see what problems they may encounter. Once that happens, we have numerous topics that we can address. This process can be used by the student themselves also to find a topic that they may specifically want to fix.