Problem-solution writing is at the core of Common Core ELA standards. This article does a great job of showing how teaching problem-solution writing actually helps students develop other problem-solving skills highlighted in the standards.
Are you teaching problem-solution for the first time? Or maybe have taught it before with disastrous results? This teacher has put together a step-by-step guide to teach teachers how to teach problem-solution. It's a wonderful primer for those of us new to the game.
While this lesson is intended for elementary students, it is still a great introduction to the idea of problem-solution writing. It uses one of my favorite strategies for teaching new concepts in the middle school classroom…picture books.
Coming up with problem-solution writing prompts that don't sound contrived and apply to our students can be a battle. Thankfully, someone has already come up with a great list of prompts! This collection is middle school specific and presents a wide range of topics you can offer students to write about.