You must identify a specific, local problem (either in Arizona or in your hometown) that you have personally experienced or witnessed. Your argument will take the form of a narrative that highlights how you have in some way been affected by an important societal issue, with further elaboration on the issue to help the audience understand its importance. The problem must be specific enough that your argument is something new and original coming from you, and broad enough that you can eventually research it in more depth and address it in a problem-solution proposal paper.
Some examples of topics:
- A local public health issue that has affected members of your family
- A problem in city infrastructure (e.g., lack of public transportation, or unsustainable forms of energy production) that has personally affected your life
- A personal experience of discrimination that has made you or others close to you feel threatened