Lesson 1: Writing Persuasively-Writing Letters

Lesson 1

Take Action - Writing Persuasively

Introduction to Letter Writing

Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Write a rough draft of a persuasive letter

Overview/Purpose:
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

Lessons 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.
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