Identify specific causes that created your community.

People communicate about problems and solutions in their community in many different forms, and often they do so online. One way is to write a post on a blog. Blogs (shortened from the original name “web logs”) are made up of a series of posts about a certain subject or theme. Blogs can be produced by an individual, a collaboration, or an organization.

For this activity, you’ll write your causal argument in the form of a blog post, imagining that the subject of the whole blog is either about your community or about the problem. Your particular post will focus on the specific problem you’re exploring.

The claim of a causal analysis answers the question “What causes this problem?” or “What effects result from this problem?”. The analysis itself can explore primary and secondary causes and/or immediate and long-term causes.

Identify specific causes that created your community problem and use authoritative sources to support your reasoning. Be sure to avoid logical fallacies and overgeneralizations. For example, if you wanted to identify the causes of poor physical health in elementary school students,

then you need to identify specific causes within the environment that may have contributed to the problem, such as a poor diet at school or a lack of phys ed classes for students. Simply saying “poor school environment” will not be effective.

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