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This assignment should be a minimum of 3 typed pages or at least 750 words.
Select a problem in your community or your school that you feel passionately about (students talking on cell phones in the classroom," the limited number of parking spaces at school, etc.) and write a letter
to the editor
of your local newspaper.
In your letter
, explain the problem, express your views on it, and then offer a solution to it.
In order to effectively persuade your audience??"the newspaper’s readers??"to agree with you and to act on your solution, you will need to fully understand the problem and understand your audience. In addition, you will need to be able to describe the problem detail, to clearly explain your position on it using a persuasive tone, and to provide strong, concrete examples to back up your claims.
Include name, address and telephone number.
Ms. Naeema Lee
PO Box 12345
Orange, CT 06477
If you would like your opinion to be published, write 'For Publication' at the top of the letter
Avoid personal attacks and bad language. Focus on one issue in a few paragraphs. Eye-catching headlines are essential in the newspaper business.
Try to give letter
an engaging title, and use that title as the subject line of your email message, along with the words 'Letter
to the Editor
If sending by email, put text in the body of the message. Don't use attachments.
Be clever, witty and disarming, as humor indicates that you have a sense of perspective about the issue at hand and don't intend to commence a fire-bombing campaign.
Beware of any but the most subtle and cheerful sarcasm.
E-mail a letter
to the editor
To send a letter
by regular post, address your message to:
New Haven Register
40 Sargent Drive
New Haven, CT
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