Teaching how to write a problem solving essay can be difficult. You want students to understand how problem solving essays work, and you need to also help them look at the different types of argument strategies which help them to convince their audience that their problem solution is the best one. I always tell students to start looking for topics by thinking about what things they would like to see changed.
Introduction: I like to use one of these Scooter videos at the bottom to get students thinking about the fact that problems are both big and small. They can get students engaged in the topic and also generate ideas of real life irritations which can make good problem solution papers.