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Student Letter to Senator: Argumentative Writing & Civics

Student Letter to Senator:  Argumentative Writing & Civics
Student Letter to Senator:  Argumentative Writing & Civics
Student Letter to Senator:  Argumentative Writing & Civics
Student Letter to Senator:  Argumentative Writing & Civics
Student Letter to Senator:  Argumentative Writing & Civics
Student Letter to Senator:  Argumentative Writing & Civics
Student Letter to Senator:  Argumentative Writing & Civics
Student Letter to Senator:  Argumentative Writing & Civics
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Let your students voices be heard with this argumentative letter writing assignment!! Students will select a topic, research the topic, and write a letter using a thesis (claim) and supporting research to justify their claim. Then, mail the letter off so that your students can make their voices heard! (Stamps and envelopes not included)

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This lesson packet is takes your students through the basic steps of writing an argumentative letter to their Congressperson. The packet includes 8 pages--
I. What is the Legislative Branch?
II. Who are your Senators? Who is your representative in the House? How have they been voting lately?
III. What issues do I, as the student, care about? Research a few, select one final topic (suggestions of narrowing down the scope to Environmental Issue, Educational Issue, or topic of their choice).
IV. Closer Look: Research Organizer for my specific topic
V. Draft my Introduction- guided organizer
VI. Outline my letter- template
VII. Draft my letter- template
VIII. Sample student letter - use as a model to share with students



IDEAS FOR USE:
- RELA & Civics partnership- great evidence of Interdisciplinary connections between RELA and Social Studies departments.
- Environmental Literacy connection-- use as evidence of advocacy for Green School Certification for Elementary, Middle, and High Schools.
- Constitution Day in September-- have students write letters, exercising their 1st Amendment rights of freedom of speech.


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