1. Finish your research on your social issue. List sources and pieces from sources (stats, quotes, etc.) that you want to use in your Letter to Representative. We will finish writing it and edit and revise it next period.
Your Letter to Representative should contain the following:
- A clear opening about who you are and why you feel passionate about the issue you are writing about.
- Information about your chosen issue and an argument about what you want your representative to do about this. Make sure your argument is based on well-researched information.
- Should be clear, polite, and professional throughout
- End with a clear call to action
- Include contact information and use correct format and grammar
Check out these Sample Letters to Representatives:
2. Who is a representative or advocate for the issue you are going to write about?
Note: This person or organization needs to be credible and be a representative or advocate for the issue you have researched. You should find out their email contact info. List it in your Google Doc and make some notes about anything else you find out about the representative you chose and how they can best advocate for your chosen issue.
Some possible representatives/advocates to research are:
- Writing about a FEDERAL issue? Find your member of Congress (House of Representatives): Find Your Representative
- Writing about a STATE issue specific to Utah? Find your Representative in the Utah Legislature.
- Advocate/Human Rights groups
- Spokespeople for a specific issue
- School Distict/Board Members
3. Continue researching your chosen social issue. Make sure you have at least 3-5 credible sources. Sources MUST pass the CRAAP test. Check for and list the following for each source:
4. Begin outlining your letter.
5. Exit Ticket: List the following:
- Who are you writing your Letter to Representative to? Include their contact (email).
- Why did you choose this particular representative?
- What is/has been this person's position on your chosen issue in the past?
- What is your main argument for the issue you chose?
- Details about your representative
- Letter to Representative Research and CRAAP test list (3-5 sources)
- Begin outlining your letter
- Exit Ticket