Get Started - Becoming Informed
Writing a Letter of Intent
After this lesson, students will be able to:
- Compose a letter that is informative and persuasive
This lesson is designed for teachers who would like to form campaign or research groups within their classes based on student interest. Students write a letter of intent to their teacher, expressing their interest in at least two issues, their ideas for taking creative action about those issues and their unique talents that will contribute to the group work.
- What is a letter of intent?
- How can I use my research and my persuasive skills to write a compelling letter?
Recommended Time:45 minutes
Common Core State Standards:
Computers with word processing software
- Post the following quote from Robert F. Kennedy and read it aloud to students: “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
- Students write for 5-10 minutes in response to the quote, then turn and talk with a partner about their thinking.
- Explain to students that they will be forming groups with the intent of starting “ripples” of their own.
- Distribute and go over the Letter of Intent handout with students.
- Consider writing and sharing a model of your own letter of intent with students.
- Students spend the rest of the period working on their letters.
- Use these letters to form groups for continued work.