Advocacy Letter Assignment- Brooke Gorman - Advocacy...

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Advocacy Letter What do you feel strongly about? Now, you have the chance to do something about it! Write a letter to any of the following people/groups calling for some sort of action. You must be advocating for some sort of change or result. People/Groups: 1. Our school: administration, school board, building & grounds, teachers... 2. Our government: local, national, senators, representatives... 3. Any organization: a nonprofit/charity, club, religious group…. 4. Any corporation/business: restaurants, clothing stores…. We will complete this essay in a few steps, since it requires a bit of research (see below). I will assign each as we go along: Steps: Step #1: Background Step #2: Outline Step #3: Draft We will actually mail these letters, so be conscious of your tone, be persuasive, and expect a response! GOAL: Mail a persuasive, professional, polished draft to one of the organizations/people mentioned above. Advocacy Letter Guidelines HOCs (higher order concerns) -Clear & concise (a balance or brevity and detail) -Explains the problem & directly asks for some sort of result (advocates) -Persuasive -Displays credibility -Expresses thanks -Short, logical, paragraphs & smooth transitions -Follows outline format -More formal and professional tone due to specific audience LOCs (lower order concerns) -Fluid -Avoids repetition and wordiness
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-Uses a variety of sentences -Apt word choice -Uses strong, active verbs -Very few dead words -Clearly proofread: little to no grammar errors -Correct letter format -Properly addressed envelope Modes of Persuasion: ETHOS: Ethical appeal
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