Teamwork - Respect - Aim High
STEM Competition Week 5 - Time to write your persuasive letter to the engineers that will judge your entry!
Take a look below at the tasks below and follow them to make sure you get your best letter written to convince the engineers that your idea is THE BEST and should be made into a prototype.
Task 1 - Look at examples of persuasive letters
What is persuasion? Remind yourself what persuasion actually means.
Read the example letters below and pick out any language that you think is persuasive and polite. This will be a formal letter and it must be persuasive but also polite!
What do you like about how these letters are written?
Is there anything that you would add to make the letter better?
Task 2 - Plan your letter
Think about your idea and talk through these questions with somebody in your house.
What is the main benefit?
Who does it help?
Why is the problem that you’re solving?
How does your idea actually work?
How did you come up with the idea?
Who or what were you inspired by?
Which engineer have inspired you? (Look back at the videos from Week 1 of the competition)
Why is YOUR idea special?
Why should they build your idea as a prototype?
Now jot these ideas as notes into the planning template below. In the right hand column add some powerful language that will help persuade the engineers. Look at the persuasive word bank to help you with this.
Task 3 - Write a draft of your letter and edit it
Now have a go at writing a draft of your letter. Take your time and take care.
Write one paragraph at a time making sure you include all of that really good language, openers and conjunctions.
Check each paragraph as you go to see that it makes sense.
When you have finished your draft, proof-read it for spelling and punctuation. Then check again that it makes sense and you are happy with the language that you have used.
Your letter must fit on one side of A4 and must use at least 100 words.
Task 4 - Publish a neat copy of your letter
Now it’s time to write out your letter in your neatest handwriting, ready to send to the engineers.
Lay out your letter like the picture below. Please do not put any address at the top as we usually would on letters, as you may not have enough space.
Remember your letter must fit on one side of A4 and must use at least 100 words.
When you have finished, please take a photo of your letter and send it to me at email@example.com
Then we can send it off for you.
Make sure you have also sent in your neat copy of your labelled picture with your first name and year group on.