1. Choose an issue you care about, for example:
- Should We Rename Schools Named for Historical Figures With Ties to Racism, Sexism or Slavery?
- Should the National Anthem Be Sung at Sporting Events?
- Should the school year be extended into the summer for K-12 students to make up the learning they’ve missed during the pandemic?
- Should athletes or celebrities voice their opinions about political issues?
- Should student loan debt be cancelled?
2. Write a letter to the Editor of the Seattle Times (use this address (Links to an external site.)) that expresses your opinion about that issue. Include the following:
- a conclusion (like a thesis) that lets readers know where you stand on an issue.
- at least one premise (reason) that supports your thesis, along with examples or evidence (from your observation or experience) that support your premise
- at least one counterargument that shows you know why others disagree with your point of view and can respond to one of their arguments.
- ends with a call to action
- an appeal to ethos or pathos
Argument LetterArgument LetterCriteriaRatingsPtsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeUses appropriate block letter format2 to >1.0 ptsFull Marks1 to >0 ptsNeeds improvement2 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeLetter has a clear conclusion/thesis at the beginning.3 to >2.0 ptsMeets criteria2 to >0 ptsNeeds improvement3 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePremise supports conclusion (thesis) with appropriate examples.4 to >2.0 ptsMeets criteria2 to >0 ptsNeeds improvement4 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIncludes counterargument, which counters or refutes what the other side of the argument might say4 to >2.0 ptsMeets criteria2 to >0 ptsNeeds improvement4 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIncludes an appeal to ethos or pathos.2 to >1.0 ptsFull Marks1 to >0 ptsNeeds improvement2 pts
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