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Letter to Congress Rubric ATLAS and Revision Page

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Name __________________________
Letter to Congress Revision Page
1 Strength:
Editor’s Name
1 Weakness:
Topic
Format
Proofreading
Arguments
A
The topic is well thought out, is a
current issue, and is clearly stated.
The topic is specifically pertaining
to a bill before congress. The
letter describes the position of the
writer and the actions the
congressman is being asked to
take.
A
The writer uses letter format, has
an opening paragraph that
describes the topic and the writer’s
views on the topic a body
paragraph with thought out
reasons in support or against the
topic, and a concluding paragraph
that summarizes and restates the
purpose of the letter.
A
The letter is free from grammatical
or typographical error, and is
written in a professional matter.
B
The topic is well thought out
and stated clearly. The topic is
not referring to a specific bill,
but is still relevant to congress
today. The position of the
writer is known, but less clear.
C
The topic is well thought out
but is not a current issue in
congress. The reader is
unsure of the position of the
writer, and a member of
congress can take no real
action.
B
The writer uses letter format,
and the opening paragraph
describes the topic and the
writer’s views on the topic. The
body of the letter offers limited
rationale for the position taken
on the topic. Formatting
mistakes may be present.
C
The writer does not use
letter format, and the
opening does not describe
the topic. The body of the
letter is missing any rationale
for the position taken on the
topic. Formatting mistakes
may be present.
B
The letter has less than three
grammatical and typographical
errors.
A (Weighted x2)
The letter contains several well
thought out arguments (3) in
support of the writer’s position.
The arguments are well researched
and fact based. Arguments are
complete, fully answering and
reader’s questions and address at
least one counterargument.
B
The letter contains a well
thought out argument in
support of the writer’s opinion
with only 2 reasons. The
argument relies more on
opinion than facts. A
counterargument is not
addressed.
C
The writer has shown little
effort in proofreading. The
mistakes made distract the
reader from the argument.
C
The letter contains
arguments for the position of
the writer, but few
supportive statements are
found. Only 1 reason is given
to support argument. The
argument is otherwise
underdeveloped.
D
The topic is poorly thought
out, and is not a current
issue in congress. The
reader makes no
statements to describe
their own position on the
topic, and no real action
can be taken by congress.
D
The writer makes a
minimal attempt to follow
any formal letter format.
There may be only one
paragraph. The letter is
not written in block letter
style.
F
No topic is
present.
D
The writer has clearly not
proofread letter.
F
More than
twelve
errors.
D
The letter contains an
argument for the position
of the writer, but no
supportive statements are
found. The argument may
contain factual errors and
is based on opinion.
F
No
arguments
present
F
Letter
format not
used.
Name __________________________
Letter to Congress Assignment
Step 1: Congress Webquest
Use the House of Representatives website to discover your representative for the 17th Congressional district in Illinois. https://www.house.gov/
Use the House of Representatives finder at the top of the page.
Represenative’s Name
Political Party
Legislation they are sponsoring or co-sponsoring
1. –
2. –
3. –
Issues- Pick two issues that they care about and explain their views
1. -
2. -
Name __________________________
Use the Senate website to learn more about your senators from the state of Illinois. https://www.senate.gov/
Find your state’s senator at the top of the page.
Senator’s Name
Political Party
Legislation
1. –
2. –
3. –
Issues- Pick two issues that they care about and explain their views
1. -
2. -
Name __________________________
Use the Senate website to learn more about your senators from the state of Illinois. https://www.senate.gov/
Find your state’s senator at the top of the page.
Senator’s Name
Political Party
Legislation
1. –
2. –
3. –
Issues- Pick two issues that they care about and explain their views
1. -
2. -
Name __________________________
Step 2: Letter to Congress
Purpose of this assignment:
The purpose of this assignment is to allow the student an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of the United States Congress, the purpose and
function of Congress, the issues that are currently facing the nation, and how to research and develop political arguments. The student also has an
opportunity to demonstrate civic responsibility and advocating for political causes. This assignment satisfies Illinois State legislation requiring a
service learning addition to the curriculum.
Format Requirements
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12 Point, Times New Roman Font, and Double Spaced
Follow Google Docs Letter FormatYou may refer to sample letters to congress posted on Google Classroom for ideas and guidance, but ultimately make sure that you follow the structure
requirements listed below!
No spelling or grammar errors and it is written in a professional manner
Minimum 1 page in length
Structure
o Opening Paragraph- You need to describe the reason for writing, the topic that you care about, and your view on the topic. Be sure to include
why you care about this topic, and how this issue impacts the nation. The topic that you discuss must be a current issue, and you must clearly
state the issue. The topic should specifically pertain to a bill before Congress. You will have to research bills or legislation before Congress.
o Body Paragraph- You are trying to get the congressman/senator to support or not support the bill about your topic. Be persuasive. You should
research your congressman/senator’s view on this issue and/or legislation. You should have at least 3 arguments to support your position. The
arguments are well researched and are fact based. Arguments should be completely explained and fully discuss the topic. You need to address at
least 1 counter-argument on this topic.
o Conclusion Paragraph- You need to summarize and re-state the purpose of the letter. You need to sum up your letter by asking your
congressman/senator to take action on this issue.
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