Take your Consumer Advocacy, Revolutionary War, Progressive Era, or Civil Rights Movement unit to the next level with this authentic research and persuasive letter writing project by engaging your students to be real agents of change in initiating a boycott or “buycott” of their own!
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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.
The act of boycotting has been proven an effective means of protest from Boston Harbor’s Tea Party to the grape fields of California, but equally as powerful is that of the “buycott”- knowingly supporting companies whose values align with yours.
Challenge your students to “vote with their dollars” by researching a business or brand they support to assess if they want to continue purchasing from them, then writing and sending a formal business letter to declare their now more-educated 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
- Overview sheet-
offers directions to each part of the letter
- Outline sheet-
includes sentence stems to get them going
- Annotated Sample 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 included in an editable Word Doc for your customization
- TASTED News Media Skill Sheet &:
Research Graphic Organizer
- Skill Sheets:
Annotating a Text, Analyzing News Media Sources, Finding Appropriate Sources, Creating a Works Cited, Annotating a Citation
Save and get the bundle, turning your students into civic participants!
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