Write an Election Day Letter

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For some, getting to the polls to vote is no easy task. Voting may mean needing to choose between a job and civic duty. But what if Election Day was a national holiday? After reading an article about the pros and cons of designating Election Day a national holiday, class members craft a persuasive letter arguing whether to make Election Day a national holiday.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups investigate business that offer workers paid time to vote
  • If internet access is a challenge, consider printing and copying the ProCon article for class members
  • Have class members research and post the names and addresses of elected officials and influential business people
Classroom Considerations
  • Part of a series of lessons from ProCon, a non-partisan election information site
  • Presumes writers have studied persuasive techniques and persuasive writing
  • Writers are encouraged to research their intended recipient and craft their letters using persuasive techniques designed to appeal to their designated audience
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