Step 1: Create your root cause map
You will use the template below or a cause map of your own design to brainstorm the root causes of your chosen issue. Be sure that you ask “why” at least 3 times to really get to the root of the issue. You will use this root cause map to begin the research process for the root cause portion of the argumentative research paper.
Remember, I am asking you to think about what caused your issue, not the effects of your issue. This map is really an exploration of “How did we get here?” What caused your issue to be a problem in the first place?
You can use this template if you’d like or create your own:
Step 2: Answer some questions
After you have filled in your root cause map, answer the following questions:
- Describe your findings from your map.
- What were the main root causes that you identified?
- What are some insights that emerged that surprised you? Why did these insights surprise you?
- What areas from your map will you need to do research on for your argumentative research paper?
- take a screenshot of your map if you’d like and attach it as a .png, jpeg, or pdf OR
- Upload your map as a word doc or PDF OR
Are there other areas that you will need to research that are not on your map? Explain.
Step 3: Find and share 2 history sources
Do some preliminary research on the history of your social issue using the Cuyamaca Library Databases. Cuyamaca OneSearch and CQ Researcher will likely produce the most fruitful searches. Find 2 sources to share here with your classmates and copy the links into your response, and paste in the MLA citation for the source. Then, add a brief paragraph summary of each article. **Note: you will be able to use each other’s articles for the Argumentative Research Paper.**
Step 4: Post your map, responses, and history sources & summaries
Once you have completed Steps 1, 2, and 3, you will:
upload your map as a file attachment or as a Google Doc link. You can:
oPaste in the link to your Google Drive
- Type or paste in your responses to your responses from step 2.
Paste in the links to your history sources and your brief summaries of the texts you share