English 11

The Advocacy Letter: Step by Step
Step 1: Identify ISSUE, PURPOSE, and AUDIENCE. Submit Proposal to instructor.

Step 2: Preliminary Research
· Find at least 6 sources on your topic and for each, read quickly and evaluate. Fill out attached notes sheet identifying main points and helpfulness of each source. At least 2 of these must present opposing views.
· Include source information for all sources on a Works Consulted.

Step 3: Notetaking
· Identify your 4 MOST helpful sources
o 2 sources that will provide evidence to illustrate your PROBLEM
o 1 source that will present an opposing view
o 1 source that will support a viable solution
· Take notes all each source, identifying specific quotations, paraphrases, and summaries you could use in your letter.
· IF YOU FIND YOUR SOURCES ARE NOT HELPFUL, find more!!

Step 4:Drafting

· Set up your paper following proper letter format.
· Carefully write and explain your points, keeping your PURPOSE in mind!
· Write in a way that is appropriate for your AUDIENCE—you want to be taken seriously!

Step 5: Editing
· Read your paper aloud or bring it to the writing center for help. Your credibility hangs on your editing!

Step 6: Peer Review
· Completed in class

Step 7: Revision
· Take your peers’ notes to heart and perform some major surgery on your letter. You may need to find additional evidence, re-think your tone, or your solution. This may require a significant amount of time!

Step 8: Presentation
· You will present your ideas to our class and attempt to persuade you to join you in your crusade for social justice!
· Put your research of the problem into a persuasive movie or powerpoint presentation.
· Present a clear plan for how the class can make a difference, even if this solution is different from the one proposed in your letter.


SOURCE LOG
Source #1
MLA Citation:

What is the author’s overall argument (claim)?
What are the author’s 2 main points?
This will help me: _ Explain the problem
_ Support a solution
_ Explain the opposing view
_ Refute the opposing view
Source #2
MLA Citation:

What is the author’s overall argument (claim)?
What are the author’s 2 main points?
This will help me: _ Explain the problem
_ Support a solution
_ Explain the opposing view
_ Refute the opposing view
Source #3
MLA Citation:

What is the author’s overall argument (claim)?
What are the author’s 2 main points?
This will help me: _ Explain the problem
_ Support a solution
_ Explain the opposing view
_ Refute the opposing view
Source #4
MLA Citation:

What is the author’s overall argument (claim)?
What are the author’s 2 main points?
This will help me: _ Explain the problem
_ Support a solution
_ Explain the opposing view
_ Refute the opposing view
Source #5
MLA Citation:

What is the author’s overall argument (claim)?
What are the author’s 2 main points?
This will help me: _ Explain the problem
_ Support a solution
_ Explain the opposing view
_ Refute the opposing view
Source #6
MLA Citation:

What is the author’s overall argument (claim)?
What are the author’s 2 main points?
This will help me: _ Explain the problem
_ Support a solution
_ Explain the opposing view
_ Refute the opposing view