Issues are topics that spark discussion and debate, such as those related to morality, politics, or the economy. Oftentimes, these issues are of a community nature and involve many people, such as poverty or homelessness, or affect the whole world like climate change or HIV/AIDS. Issues are also problems that can be difficult to address, such as a lack of education or racial discrimination. In a more colloquial sense, people may use the term to describe someone’s problems: a person who has trouble controlling their emotions might be described as having anger management issues.
Some examples of social issues include adolescent pregnancy, civil rights, child abuse, crime, domestic violence, drug addiction, inequality, hunger, health care (see medicine), homelessness, pollution and unemployment. Additionally, some people view sexual orientation or gender identity as a social issue because of discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community.
When writing an article about a social issue, it’s important to choose an angle and perspective to take that doesn’t paint a biased or false picture. Additionally, it’s a good idea to research the topic thoroughly so that your article is well informed and accurate. The best way to do this is to create a file folder and begin collecting articles, statistics, and names of key players. When you start writing your article, make sure to include one sentence that states your opinion about the issue. This will help to keep your article clear and concise.