In your research essay, define the problem and address its social context. What existing perspectives give relevance and urgency to the problem? Contribute something new to the issue: a solution, new strategy, solution, policy, perspective, or insight into the problem that addresses the challenges of the issue. As you write, make sure that the purpose of your argument is clear and that your contribution to the issue anticipates possible implications of the problem that you have identified. Think about your own credibility as well: pay close attention to organization, academic conventions, rhetorical tools, and to the support you offer from outside sources. -The writer must analyze a specific issue or problem in enough detail to convince an audience that the problem is relevant. -The writer must also offer a specific approach or perspective that addresses the issue they identify by contributing new ideas, new solutions, or new research. This approach can include a combination of evaluating, responding, finding causes, proposing solutions, or extending existing arguments, but it must offer more than summary of current research. -In structuring the essay, the writer must give enough context to convey the relevance and urgency of the issue to one or more social groups. The writer must also acknowledge other existing perspectives and appeal to these perspectives where possible. Overall, the goal is to move the conversation about the issue forward by leaving audiences with new insights, understandings, or perspectives on the challenges the issue poses. -The writer must also decide about form and formal conventions. -Research essays typically take the form of academic arguments, which show original thinking and offer insight into issues with reference to outside research. However, alternative or additional forms for the essay are possible for this assignment. Ask your instructor for advice if your want to explore alternatives to the traditional essay. -Using evidence from reliable sources, the writer will support their insight into a social or cultural issue and address how their insight might contribute positively to the way an audience perceives the problem or takes action in relation to it. -The writer will use rhetorical skills, writing strategies, and habits of critical thinking that they have learned in their first-year writing courses to write this essay. The essay will serve as an index of the rhetorical abilities, writing processes, and knowledge about writing that the writer has learned in first-year writing.