English 11

Advocacy Follow-up


You have written your letter, and perhaps you have received some response. What to do now? Well, at least three things:

  1. Revise your original wikipage. It is now time to look again at your original argument (in these letters). What needs changing? What new pages might be appropriate to get your point across? What do your readers tell you? You have received at least four critiques of your page from different readers--what do they recommend? What has transpired since you first researched your subject? And what could be a more excellent way of representing it online? Remember that the district is demanding error-free pages from us--the record you are creating needs to adjust to a permanent audience; this is "long tail" maintenance. Make your writing appropriate to the world-wide audience.
  2. Follow-up on the Internet. Take your argument to a wider audience. There are many ways to re-fashion your argument with digital tools and bring it to a world-wide audience. Here are a few. make a petition (via a site like this or google forms ) to share with decision makers; create a slide-share , prezi , glogster , voicethread , or youtube video or something similarly visual and digital to convey your argument; build an advocacy group on a ning or another social network. Whichever method you choose, keep your argument strong, and make it something your community can be proud of.
  3. Present in class--share your findings (revised arguments; summative reflection) in a community forum: During fourth quarter an audience of decision-makers, legislators, and other important citizens will be invited to listen and respond to your advocacy arguments. As you build your follow-up, keep these members of your audience in mind

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