Read an Onion article. (http://www.theonion.com)
Identify the issue raised by the article.
List all causes that immediately come to mind.
List all effects that immediately come to mind.
Find two sources that elaborate on the issue. These should be sources that can actually help you come up with a potential solution. One should be attitudinal and one should be counter attitudinal.
Validate or invalidate the causes and effects you listed.
In general simple terms propose a solution using a dynamic claim. This means be aware of the pros and cons as well as costs and benefits.
Identify a contingency plan that can be implemented if your proposal doesn’t work.