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Write a letter to the editor which encourages teens to take steps to improve their...

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idontlikeschool0 | Student, Grade 11 | Honors

Posted October 2, 2013 at 3:33 PM via web

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Write a letter to the editor which encourages teens to take steps to improve their self-esteem. Letters to editors are found many newspapers and magazines. A reader writes the editor of the newspaper or magazine to express his thoughts on topic. The letter is then published in a later issue of the newspaper or magazine.

In body of letter, have an introduction to include thesis, argument statement. Your thesis should focus how teens improve self-esteem. Have a body paragraph supporting your thesis. Your body paragraph should include at least 3 steps improve self-esteem. Have closing paragraph summarizing all of previously stated thoughts. Each paragraph should be 3-5 complete sentences in length and have proper spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 2, 2013 at 4:35 PM (Answer #1)

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This particular assignment is really just a persuasive essay in the form of a letter, and I assume you are looking for a little help to get you started. Of course the most important thing you must do is determine what you want to persuade teens to do in order to improve their self-esteem. 

I have attached several websites, below, which will help you generate some ideas if you need them. One of the sites suggests these three things:

  • Focus on experiences, not appearances
  • Provide opportunity for accomplishments
  • Take responsibility

Using these as examples, though there are lots of possibilities, you will next want to make a list of examples, illustrations, statistics, or whatever else might support each idea. For example, taking responsibility might include getting involved in an organization, getting a job, or even starting a business such as dog-walking, lawn-mowing, or babysitting. Having something to do, to look forward to, and to succeed at is a really important part of feeling valued and valuable.

So, once you have chosen your three steps to improving self-esteem and made a list of the ways to accomplish those things, you will be ready to write. If you are struggling with an introduction, just begin with your body paragraphs since you know what you want to say in them. Here is a sample paragraph I wrote based on  my experience with teenagers:

One way for teenagers to improve their self-esteem is to find ways to serve others. By taking the focus off themselves, teenagers are able to find value in helping others. This can be through a community organization such as a local boys and girls club, a church group which provides help for those in need, or a private foundation such as a pet rescue center. By investing in others, teenagers can appreciate their own lives while learning how to bless and serve others. 

This is a four-sentence paragraph which makes a point with examples and reasoning to support it, which is exactly what you are asked to do. I would encourage you to choose some points to which you can relate and can think of examples to support. Since you are a teenager, you should be able to think of some things specific to your area which might be good suggestions for any teens who might read your letter.

Your introduction and conclusion should be easy to write once your body paragraphs are written. 

I have also attached an excellent eNotes site on how to write a persuasive essay. It reminds you to do something very important for this assignment--know your audience.

Your understanding of your audience...is integral in determining the development and organization of your argument, as well as the stylistic techniques you can utilize in your writing. For example, ...if you’re writing for an audience of peers, you’ll want to lean heavily on your connection with them: use personal pronouns (“I” or “we”), express sympathy or understanding for their feelings, and address shared concerns.  

Finally, this is a letter, so be sure to write it in that format. Good luck!

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