Good topics for a problem-solution essay include ones involving a strong interest to the writer and ones tackling problems in the writer’s community or school. The writer should be able to support his or her ideas for a solution with sound reasoning and evidence.
To find an appropriate topic, think about problems a community faces and ways they can be solved. Read news and editorials to discover what topics are of current interest nationally. The writer could also think about recent conversations he has had and if anyone has mentioned problems. Those conversations often reveal problems that affect people in the community and suggest appropriate solutions.
A good topic may be something as simple as improving time management to solve the problem of getting to school on time every day or as complex as finding ways to reduce the number of violent crimes. Some topics others have used include school dress codes, cheating, minimum wage laws, legalization of marijuana and salary caps for professional athletes. If the essay is for an assignment, be sure that the topic meets any additional requirements the instructor gives.
Problem-solution essays argue for a particular solution to a problem or demonstrate an urgent need to solve the problem. In both cases, a good essay explores the benefits and drawbacks of proposed solutions. Essays that argue for a particular solution offer responses to objections raised to the proposed solution.