Changemaker Final Project

Overview

You have an important message. You know a change needs to be made, and you've done the research to support the change you have in mind. Decide who needs to know about your idea and write them a letter presenting your case.

Components

Thesis Statement

Your letter must have a clear thesis statement in the first paragraph. A thesis statement presents what it is you will prove in your letter. A thesis is a statement of belief that you will back up with factual evidence, statistics, or examples.

Sources

  • You must use a minimum of three sources
  • You must use at least one subscription database

Parenthetical Citation

Your letter must include parenthetical citation. Parenthetical citation is used whenever you quote, paraphrase, or use a piece of information that is not common knowledge.


You do not need parenthetical citation when stating your own ideas, opinions, or analysis, or when using a common knowledge fact.

Quotes

You must use at least two direct quotes. The quotes should be smoothly incorporated into your paragraphs and thoroughly explained.

Citation

  • All sources must be cited in EasyBib
  • Make sure you are signed into EasyBib
  • Make sure you have a project called Changemaker in EasyBib
  • Add all your citations to the same project. This will make your bibliography easier to export at the end.
  • CITE AS YOU GO ALONG
  • When you have all your citations done export your bibliography to Google Drive and then copy and add to the end of your letter.

Letter

Format

Your letter should be in 12 point Times New Roman font, 1.15 spaced. Your bibliography should be double spaced. Your letter should follow a formal business letter format as shown below:



123 Winner's Road

New Employee Town, PA 12345


March 16, 2001


Ernie English

1234 Writing Lab Lane

Write City, IN 12345


Dear Mr. English:

The first paragraph of a typical business letter is used to state the main point of the letter. Begin with a friendly opening; then quickly transition into the purpose of your letter. Use a couple of sentences to explain the purpose, but do not go into detail until the next paragraph.


Beginning with the second paragraph, state the supporting details to justify your purpose. These may take the form of background information, statistics or first-hand accounts. A few short paragraphs within the body of the letter should be enough to support your reasoning.


Finally, in the closing paragraph, briefly restate your purpose and why it is important. If the purpose of your letter is employment related, consider ending your letter with your contact information. However, if the purpose is informational, think about closing with gratitude for the reader's time.


Sincerely,


Lucy Letter



"Sample Letters." Purdue OWL: Basic Business Letters. Purdue University, 8 Aug. 2010. Web. 02 May 2016. <https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/653/02/>.

Content of paragraphs

  • Paragraph one: Provide background and explain why this is a pressing problem. The opening paragraph should include your thesis statement.
  • Paragraph two: provide supporting evidence
  • Paragraph three: provide supporting evidence
  • Paragraph four: provide supporting evidence
  • Paragraph five: conclusion

What to Submit

  • Export your bibliography from EasyBib
  • Add it as the last page to your letter
  • Submit your letter to the Changemaker Final Project assignment on Google Classroom

Ask Ms. Lechan if you have questions