You will be writing a letter compelling a friend or family member to change either a behavior or a belief with which you disagree

Assignment Prompt

For this assignment, you will be writing a letter compelling a friend or family member to change either a behavior or a belief with which you disagree. Choose your own topic, but for example, this letter could petition an enthusiastic neighbor to scale down his blinding Christmas decorations, an immature cousin to take a gap year between and college, a grandparent to vote to pass the new school district budget, a friend to stop drinking, or a spouse to reconcile with an estranged sibling. Because the letter will be written to an individual of your choosing, you must tailor your  and  to the person to whom you are writing. 

Assignment-Specific Requirements:

Length: This assignment should be at least 750 words. 

Underline your  or the main  of your letter.

Sources Needed: None required.  if used, following . 

Page Formatting: Use .  Also add an opening salutation (e.g. Dear Sarah, or Hello, Jon.), and a closing salutation & signature (Best regards, Tom or Sincerely, Liza)

 Requirements: See 

The goal of  is to get a  (your ) to agree with your .  blends facts and emotion to convince the  that the writer is right. This  relies on opinion and emotion to a greater extent than argumentative writing, but in moving a , the successful also deploys logically sound  and quite often researched support and fact. 


The purpose of  a persuasive letter is to move your  to agree with your .  is single-minded; it is based on a conviction that a particular way of thinking or acting is the only way to go; all of the energy of the letter works toward this end. As a writer, you will present one side–your side. While an  should be mentioned, it is only mentioned to be refuted or dismissed in the service of your position.  


 is almost always written with a particular  in mind.  For this piece of writing, you will direct your persuasive letter to one person. Thus, your  is not imagined, but rather very real, and that person and their characteristics will inform many of the choices you make as a writer. The persuasive letter requires constant negotiation with another person’s mind. At every phase of the writing process, as you prewrite, draft, and , this assignment will ask you to imagine and anticipate how your  feels, responds, and thinks.   


This piece of writing will be presented using a format.  Thus, while you still need an – heading to format your work for submission, you will address your letter directly to your  with a formal letter salutation.