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TOPIC: Advocacy Letter: More Recycling options
TYPE: Essay (any type)
: 12.04.2017 20:00
TOPIC SELECTION The letter should concern something youâ€™d like to see changed or voice your opinion about a current topic, such as support for healthcare reform or a local recycling program or concern about smog. Current legislative proposals, city council proposals, or other current topics are relevant to write about. You may want to visit www.congress.org to see what type of legislation is pending in Congress or skim the op-ed pages of the New York Times to see what people are talking about. You may also choose to write about a topic that concerns students and address your concerns to the appropriate audience: student government, a dean, or a provost. RESEARCH It is important to critically examine the existing research (i.e., numbers of people affected, financial impact, percents of people or communities affected, etc.) on your specific issue in order to strengthen your argument as to why you are concerned or advocating for a specific stance. Please use at least two (2) different sources of data in the body of your letter. Your data research does not need to be exhaustive, but enough to demonstrate that you are familiar with the topic, that you have an understanding of the implications of your issue and to suggest to the reader that your issue is worth further attention. One of your sources must come from the library databases. GENRE CHARACTERISTICS: Uses a format appropriate to recipient and occasion. Uses a specific and firm tone. As a good advocate, you should avoid threats, trickery, and anything else that might backfire or embarrass you later Establishes, early on, the occasion that prompted the letter, why it’s addressed to the recipient, and relationship of the writer to the issue. Pays genuine respect to the difficulties of the recipient’s position, or the commitments the recipient has shown. Establishes the stakes involved in the issue Is clear about what decision or stance the letter writer advocates. Presents evidence and reasons (story, personal anecdotes, statistics, analogies) in support of the letter writer’s views. Highlights specific action points in the recipientâ€™s power (but also shows awareness of difficulties, limits, competing values– establishes sympathy with worldview of recipient) Ends with a point of connection that is also a call to action. REQUIREMENTS No less that one page in length, and no more than two pages; Two outside sources (no more, no less) In-text citations in the citation style appropriate to your discipline for any summarized, paraphrased, or quoted research material; Works Cited page and Correct mailing address. (Whether you actually mail it will be your choice and an opportunity for extra credit; if youâ€™d like to receive the extra credit, bring an appropriately addressed, stamped envelope to class the date the assignment is due. This assignment should NOT be: A fan letter to an official. An unsupported complaint letter to an individual or agency. A letter supported only with anecdotal evidence or personal testimonials. A letter too heavy in data and research such that the issue gets lost. A letter sent on behalf of your employer, school, or agency. This assignment IS a formal letter from you as a concerned citizen. When you receive a response, it is always hopeful to see how we, as advocates for the betterment of social conditions, can attempt to influence social change.
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