English 11
Taking Action:

Advocacy Letters

You have spent the The Crucible unit investigating the negative effects of injustice. The sad truth is that many injustices are occurring daily all over the world and innocent people are being harmed, and even killed every day.

You can do something!
What current real-world injustice is occurring that needs to be stopped?

  1. You should identify a social injustice of interest to you. The more passionate you are about an issue, the more you will enjoy this project, and the more you will benefit from it! Consider the issue exposed in your independent reading book.
  2. You must identify your AUDIENCE. Find a relevant person or group who is invested in this issue and find their contact information. An option for any issue is to write a letter to the editor of a local newspaper, or even the York Hi—our community could always be more educated and inspired to act.
  3. You must determine a focused PURPOSE for your letter – that is, determine how you will use your voice to advocate for a group of oppressed, discriminated, or overlooked people in jeopardy of harm or even death. In your letter, you will be a voice for the voiceless.
NOTE: Advocacy involves moving a person with power to act on behalf of the less fortunate or
mistreated, so consider what you want your audience to do after reading your letter.

In choosing an interested party and topic, you may want to consult the following resources:

Proposal Due: _

Completed Draft Due:

Final Draft Due: _

Example #1:

Injustice: Racial Discrimination
Audience: York Community High School
Purpose: Teachers should be required to report all witnessed incidents of racial discrimination or racial slurs at York Community High School, no matter how minor, and the perpetrators should be punished.
Contact Information: Ms. Diana Smith, Principal
355 W. St Charles Rd.
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Example #2:
Injustice: Government tapping cell phones without just cause
Audience: Chicago Citizens who may be unaware
Purpose: All citizens should realize that The Patriot Act allows for actions that go against what America is supposed to stand for.
Contact Information:
Voice of the People, Chicago Tribune
435 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
OR EMAIL: ctc-TribLetter@Tribune.com

OR SUBMIT ONLINE: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chi-lettertotheeditor,0,3578487.customform

Example #3:
Injustice: Child soldiers in Africa.
Audience: Amnesty International
Purpose: Amnesty should place more of an emphasis and spend more of their donations on freeing children who have been abducted and brainwashed by militant youth armies.
Contact Information: Amnesty USA
5 Penn Plaza - 14th floor
New York, NY 10001


1st Part:
  • Establish your credibility (discuss your recent studies and reading in English class).
  • State what you want the person to do for you (this is your claim!).
2nd Part:
  • Explain the injustice and its effects.
    • Provide at least 4 properly-cited pieces of EVIDENCE of the most compelling facts.
3rd Part:
  • Discuss how the reader can make a personal difference.
    • Provide at least 2 properly-cited pieces of EVIDENCE that suggests that your plan for action will work.
4th Part:
  • Thank the reader for considering your request.
  • Provide information on how you may be reached for a response.

The following are sources to consult for advice and examples detailing effective letter writing:


Name: _

Letter Proposal
* Please tear off this form from packet and turn in

DO SOMETHING! Submit your letter in an addressed, stamped envelope and
allow me to mail your letter for extra credit. OR, show proof that you emailed
your letter or submitted it to an online forum (print it out!)


Why is this group invested in this topic?

Contact Information:

Purpose: (What do you want the audience to DO?)