Take your American Government or Civics, U.S History, Business, or English class to the next level with this authentic research and persuasive letter writing project by engaging your students to be real agents of change in engaging their civic voice with their elected officials!
This universal project works for any level of government, local, state, or U.S. Congress, high school or middle school, social studies or English.
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taking one’s words and thoughts, perfected over years in the classroom, to the real world in order to create authentic change.
This nation was founded on the voice of the people yet a recent Fusion poll found 77% of American millennials couldn’t name one senator from his or her home state! Ensure your students are part of the better side of this statistic with this all-you-need authentic letter-writing project.
Challenge your students to be heard by the fellow citizens elected to represent them by researching an issue about which they are passionate, selecting the appropriate elected official, and writing a formal business letter persuading him or her to consider their position.
Replace the boring textbook with the topics and activities that matter to your students and help them create products that will influence the world beyond your classroom walls.
Included in this project package:
- Project Steps sheet-
takes students from brainstorming to mailing in 5 simple steps
- Issue Research sheet-
gives space to complete in-depth research on both sides of the students' chosen topics
- News Media Analysis sheet-
provides a graphic organizer to deeply analyze sources researched
- Overview sheet-
offers directions to each part of the letter
- Outline sheet-
includes sentence stems to get them going
- Annotated Sample Essay sheet-
provides an example of a finished letter
- Peer / Self Edit sheet-
helps to catch any aspects that need improvement
- Reflection & Rubrics sheets (CCSS aligned and generic)-
gives clear expectations for fast scoring; also comes in an editable Word file
- 5 BONUS Skill Sheets:
Annotating a Text, Analyzing a Media Source, Finding Appropriate Sources, Annotating a Source, Creating a Works Cited
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