We’re finishing out the 2017-2018 school year by writing open letters to fictional characters. Some of us are writing in order to pay tribute, and others of us are writing to (constructively?) criticize.
Regardless of our take on the subject, we all agreed that a strong open letter has several characteristics:
- a clear controlling idea is presented in the introductory paragraph
- supporting points are made in the body of the letter, and those points are then elaborated with relevant details AND commentary
- the controlling idea is echoed in the conclusion, perhaps accompanied by an appeal to action
- the letter writer’s VOICE is engaging and authentic
- the letter has an appeal to a wider audience
Many students enhanced their letters with GIFS and other images. We learned in our digital citizenship lessons that Fair Use laws can protect the use of copyrighted images as long as those images are used in conjunction with critique of a product.
As you enjoy the following open letters, feel free to share your own opinions in the comments!
Image credit: Wikimedia Commons CC0
“J’accuse” is an influential open letter written by Émile Zola in 1898 over the Dreyfus Affair.