Problem/Solution (Part 7 of 7)

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 at 10:21 am

In problem/solution texts, the author presents a problem and one or more potential solutions. Only one significant problem and solution may be presented in simpler texts. In longer, more complex texts there may be one main or overarching problem, in addition to one or multiple smaller complications, all or most of which are usually resolved. Some texts feature multiple complications which together create one main problem.

*Signal Words:

a solution, answer, assist, concern, decision, difficulty, help, how, issue, no, one answer is, problem, puzzle, question, resolve, solution, solve, yes

*Note: This plan can be used without signal words.


Graphic Organiser: Problem/Solution: Jigsaw
Graphic Organiser: Problem/Solution: Jigsaw

Sample Text Model:

Cats instinctively hunt. Domestic cats prey on more than 300 Australian native species resulting in millions of deaths each year. Cats left out between dusk and dawn kill, on average, 32 native animals each year resulting in more than 95 million deaths every year. How can cat owners help? As cats sleep during the day and hunt at night, one solution is to keep cats inside or safely in cat runs between the hours of dusk and dawn.


Graphic Organiser: Problem/Solution: Grid
Graphic Organiser: Problem/Solution: Grid

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Problem/Solution structures and the use of graphic organisers are covered in depth in our Balanced Literacy Program workshop.

Part: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

by Angela Ehmer

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