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Write a letter to a future intimate (a friend, partner, or child) explaining your initial position on your current controversial issue and why your own life experience has led you to that position
Learning Objectives: 1) Identify rhetorical and persuasive strategies borrowed from non-academic discourse (e.g., personal narrative), 2) Develop skills in “rendering experience” – using concrete imagery, emotional description, and inner and outer dialogue in such a way that your reader can imagine themselves in the position of your characters, 3) Continue to refine your research question/topic – what is it, precisely, that you want to “change” in the world, and why? BE CLEAR Your reason for writing should be absolutely clear—both to you and to your reader. Before you start, focus on what you want your letter to accomplish. Make sure you can answer these questions: Why am I writing? What is the point I want to make? What do I want this letter to do? You want your reader to read and understand what you’ve written, so use concrete language and a conversational style. Avoid vague words, jargon, and long, dense sentences. Never give your reader an excuse to stop reading. BE CONCISE Say what you have to say and no more than that. Readers become irritated by long-winded, repetitive letters. Stick to the points you want your reader to pay attention to. BE COURTEOUS Think about your reader as a real person, someone who is as reasonable and as deserving of respect as you are. Speak directly to your reader and be sure to sound reasonable and respectful. Try to visualize your reader and how you might make your points in a face-to-face conversation. In that case, how would you want to sound? How would you want your reader to see you? BE CORRECT As soon as your reader spots an error, your credibility starts to slip. The more errors a letter contains, the more distracted your reader will be from your message. Double check everything—your facts, spelling, punctuation, grammar, mechanics. Don’t give your reader a reason to conclude that you’re careless and your letter doesn’t deserve much attention.