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.
- 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:
- 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.