Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation play a key role in the college admissions process. A handout on the topic, part of a series on specific writing assignments, helps applicants through the process of choosing recommenders and requesting a letter. Additionally, it includes helpful tips, including when to say no, for those asked to write a recommendation.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Read sample letters and decide whether to admit or deny admission to students based on their content
  • Role play how to approach a teacher or professor to request a letter of recommendation
Classroom Considerations

  • Contains information for both scholars and instructors
Pros

  • Uses a lot of bullet points to make the information easy to skim through
Cons

  • Lacks examples of positive and negative recommendations
Common Core