Lesson 1
Take Action - Writing Persuasively

Introduction to Letter Writing


After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Write a rough draft of a persuasive letter


In this lesson, students will learn the structure of a formal letter. After brainstorming ideas for their own letter, they will start working on a rough-draft.

Guiding Questions:

  • What is the structure for a formal letter?
  • How can you write a powerful and persuasive letter?

Recommended Time:

90 minutes

Common Core State Standards:




Write to Defend Handout


Technology Required:



Lesson Design:

  • Post the quote, “The pen is mightier than the sword” – Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Give students 3 – 5 minutes to write a quick response to the quote.
  • Students turn and talk with a partner about their responses.
  • Explain that the class will be demonstrating the power of the pen by writing letters to public officials or other people in power.
  • Distribute and review Write to Defend handout with students. (You may provide students with a list of possible recipients for their letters depending on the issues they have selected.)
  • Students use the brainstorming box to gather their ideas and then begin writing a rough draft of their letter.
  • Students should bring a typed second draft to class the following day.