Letter To The Editor Sample Essay Papers

Sample Letter 1

Download and customize your Sample Letter to a Local Newspaper 1
( MS-WORD, 15 KB, 1 pg.) 

Please note that this letter is written from the viewpoint of a classroom teacher or education support professional.  Please feel free to modify it for use by a school principal, parent, local education association, or any other person or group sponsoring an event in celebration of the National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America.

[Today's Date]

Attn:  [Education Coordinator/Editor]
[Newspaper Name]
[Address]
[City, State, ZIP Code]

Dear ________________:

The teachers and education support professionals of the [insert name] Education Association appreciate what parents and community members have done to celebrate the National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America to encourage children to pick up a book and read.

 And this year marks the twenty-first annual celebration of reading and Dr. Seuss's birthday!  As we gear up for NEA's Read Across America Day, I would like to ask fellow community members to put aside the many hats they wear for work and play and don the ultimate reading hat, the red and white striped stovepipe made famous by the Cat in the Hat, on March 2.

 Be a part of this flurry (or furry) of reading excitement!  Get involved in supporting children's literacy in our community:

  • Since this NEA supported endeavor is designed to put every child in the company of a book, take the opportunity to read and enjoy!  Read to a child in your life.
  • Help set a good example.  Contact a local preschool or Head Start program and volunteer with your child to share a story with younger children.
  • Bring children to your public library.  From story hours for toddlers to career planning for teens, the library has something for everyone.
  • Make sure those who are in need have plenty to read.  Donate books to hospitals and homeless shelters.  Call ahead to see what is needed.
  • Resolve to make March 2 the first of many days you volunteer to read at a school, afterschool program, community center, library, or daycare facility.  You can make a difference to future generations of readers.

NEA estimates that last year almost 45 million children and adults celebrated the joy of reading on Dr. Seuss's birthday.  This year they hope to bring a nation of readers together to really drive home the message about of the importance of reading.

Here in [name of your community], I hope that every child will be reading with a caring adult.  For more information about NEA's Read Across America, visit www.nea.org/readacross. And please contact me at the address below to find out the details of how my classroom will celebrate America's favorite reading event.  I look forward to working with you to motivate our children to read on March 2 and every day.

Sincerely yours,

[your name]
[your school name]
[your address]
[your phone number]
[your e-mail address]


Sample Letter 2

Download and customize your Sample Letter to a Local Newspaper 2
( MS-WORD, 14 KB, 1 pg.) 

Please note that this letter is written from the viewpoint of a classroom teacher.  Please feel free to modify it for use by a school principal, parent, local education association, or any other person or group sponsoring an event in celebration of the National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America.

[Today's Date]

[Name of Newspaper]
[Attn:  Letters to the Editor]
[Mailing Address]
[City, State, ZIP Code]

Dear Editor:

On March 2, 2018, the teachers and education support professionals of [your school name/your association's name] want to get the word out about the importance of children's literacy.  The National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America is a year-round literacy project that encourages readers, both young and old, to celebrate reading.

Right here in [name of town], we're getting into the reading excitement, too.  [Explain in one or two sentences the activities going on in your local area, such as school read-ins, visits to libraries, book festivals, etc.]

On NEA's Read Across America Day, join in on the fun because you're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child!

Sincerely,

[your name]
[your school name]
[your address]
[your phone number]
[your e-mail address]


Sample Letter 2 en español

Download and customize your Sample Letter to a Local Newspaper 2 en espanol
( MS-WORD, 15 KB, 1 pg.) 

[Fecha]

[Nombre del periódico]
[Attn: Letters to the Editor]
[Dirección]
[Ciudad, Estado, Código Postal]

Estimado editor:

Este 2 de marzo, el cumpleaños del famoso escritor Dr. Seuss, la [nombre de su escuela o asociación] quiere informar el público sobre la importancia de saber leer y escribir. El proyecto Lea con NEA de la Asociación Nacional de Educación (NEA) promueve la alfabetización todo el año a través de animar los lectores jóvenes y mayores a celebrar la importancia de la lectura. Llamado "NEA's Read Across America" en inglés, esta campaña multicultural celebra la diversidad creciente de las escuelas públicas del país.

Aquí mismo en [nombre de su pueblo], estamos muy entusiasmados para leer también.  [Explique en una oración las actividades ocurriendo en su área local como eventos para leer en grupo, visitas a las bibliotecas, festivales de libro, etc.].

El tema de este año invita los lectores de todas las edades a ponerse sus "gorros de lectura" y explorar el mundo diverso de los libros.  ¡Lea con NEA está lleno de entusiasmo, creatividad y muchas Seuss-sorpresas!

¡Este Día de Lea con NEA, participe en la diversión porque nadie es demasiado viejo, demasiado excéntrico, o demasiado salvaje para agarrar un libro y leer con un niño!

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Sample Letter 3

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Please note that this letter is written from the viewpoint of a classroom teacher. Please feel free to modify it for use by a school principal, parent, local education association, or any other person or group sponsoring an event in celebration of the National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America.

[Today's Date]

[Attn:  Education Coordinator/Editor]
[Newspaper Name]
[Address]
[City, State, ZIP Code]

Dear ________________:

From coast to coast, more than 45 million readers, both young and old, are gearing up for the nation's largest reading celebration--the National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America Day.

Here in [name of your city], parents, teachers, education support professionals, students, and elected officials are doing their part to deliver the very important reading message:  Kids who read, and who are read to, do better in school and help build great public schools.

 Launched  as a way to get kids excited about reading, NEA's Read Across America has grown into a year-long program that culminates every year on  or around Dr. Seuss's birthday. In 2018, we'll be celebrating on March 2.

 As a [parent/teacher/education support professional], I ask everyone to participate in this worthwhile cause.  Whether it is donating books to the local library or encouraging your own children to pick up a book and read, everyone can do something on March 2.

For more information on NEA's Read Across America, go to www.nea.org/readacross and see how you can get involved in what is going on in our local community.

Sincerely,

[your name]
[your address]
[your phone number]
[your e-mail address]


Sample Letter 4

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Please note that this letter is written from the viewpoint of a member of the National Education Association (NEA).  Please feel free to modify it for use by a school principal, parent, local education association, or any other person or group sponsoring an event in celebration of the NEA's Read Across America.

[Today's Date]

[Attn:  Education Coordinator/Editor]
[Newspaper Name]
[Address]
[City, State, ZIP Code]

Dear ________________,

As a member of the National Education Association (NEA), I would like your help in participating in the nation's largest reading celebration on March 2, 2018 NEA's Read Across America Day.

 Since its inception, the NEA's Read Across America program, designed to get kids excited about reading, has acted as a vehicle to talk about a serious issue in a fun way: children's literacy.

And this year, more than 45 million readers, both young and old, will gear up to deliver a message:  Kids who read, and who are read to, do better in school and help build great public schools.  In fact, a recent reading assessment of fourth-grade students by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) found that reading for fun had a positive relationship to NAEP reading scores.

NEA's Read Across America reminds parents of the crucial role they play in their children's education.  Taking time to read with a child is one of the most important lessons that parents can share with their children.

I hope you will join me on March 2 to celebrate the joy of reading!

Sincerely,

[your name]
[your school name and/or local education association name]
[your address]
[your phone number]
[your e-mail address]


Sample Letter 5

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Please note that this letter is written from the viewpoint of a member of the National Education Association (NEA).  Please feel free to modify it for use by a school principal, parent, local education association, or any other person or group sponsoring an event in celebration of the NEA's Read Across America.

[Today's Date]

[Attn:  Education Coordinator/Editor]
[Newspaper Name]
[Address]
[City, State, ZIP Code]

Dear ________________:

As a [teacher/education support professional] and member of the National Education Association, I work every day to encourage my students to pick up a book and read.

Essential literacy skills are taught in school, but there are many ways that parents, a child's first and most influential teachers, can start children out on the road to reading success and help them enjoy the trip.

On NEA's Read Across America Day, which falls every year on or near March 2, Dr. Seuss's birthday and in 2018 on March 2,  I want to remind parents of the crucial role they play in their children's education because it's a fact:  Children who read frequently are better readers and better students.

For more information on this worthwhile program and what is happening in our local area, visit online at www.nea.org/readacross or www.readacrossamerica.org and get into the reading excitement!

Sincerely,

[your name]
[your school name and/or local education association name]
[your address]
[your phone number]
[your e-mail address]

Learn how to write and send effective print and e-mailed letters to editors of various media types, together with examples, that will gain both editorial and reader support.

 

  • What is a letter to the editor?

  • Why should you write a letter to the editor?

  • When should you write a letter to the editor?

  • Should you use e-mail to fax or to send your letter?

  • How do you write a letter to the editor?

  • How do you get your letter accepted?

What is a letter to the editor?

You feel strongly about an issue, and you want to let people know what you think. You believe you can even influence people to take some action if you speak your mind. But, you want to reach an audience larger than just your friends or your group membership. Letters to the editor can be an effective way to get the word out.

A letter to the editor is a written way of talking to a newspaper, magazine, or other regularly printed publication. Letters to the editor are generally found in the first section of the newspaper, or towards the beginning of a magazine, or in the editorial page. They can take a position for or against an issue, or simply inform, or both. They can convince readers by using emotions, or facts, or emotions and facts combined. Letters to the editor are usually short and tight, rarely longer than 300 words.

Using a few carefully placed letters, you can generate plenty of community discussion. You can also keep an issue going by preventing it from disappearing from the public eye. You can stimulate the interest of the news media and create more coverage for the matters you're working on. You can also send a "good news" letter to bring recognition to people who deserve it or acknowledge the success of an effort.

Why should you write a letter to the editor?

Letters to the editor are among the most widely read features in any newspaper or magazine. They allow you to reach a large audience. You can probably think of many more specific reasons why you might want to write to the editor, but here are a few general ones:

  • You are angry about something, and want others to know it
  • You think that an issue is so important that you have to speak out
  • Part of your group's strategy is to persuade others to take a specific action

Or you want to:

  • Suggest an idea to others
  • Influence public opinion
  • Educate the general public on a specific matter
  • Influence policy-makers or elected officials directly or indirectly
  • Publicize the work of your group and attract volunteers or program participants

When should you write a letter to the editor?

Letters to the editor can be written any time you want to shape public opinion, tell others how you feel about people, programs, or ideas, or just inform the public on a certain issue. They are a great way to increase awareness of the issues that you or your organization are working for, as well as to advocate for your cause.

Letters to the editor can also be used to start a community conversation about an issue important to you. A planned series of letters to the editor can stimulate public interest and media coverage. It's up to you to determine when is the best time to start writing the letters, allowing time for them to be published.

The larger the newspaper or magazine, the more competition there is for letters-to-the-editor space. This means your letter will need to stand out in order to get printed. The tips in this section will help you write a letter that will be effective and stand out on the editor's desk.

Keep in mind that if you want to inform the public of a certain action your organization is about to take, you may want to think of issuing a press release instead. If newspapers consistently ignore your news releases, your best choice may be a letter to the editor.

How should you send your letter?

At this writing (2008), the reality for virtually every print publication is that they’d prefer to get letters and other material by e-mail, since everything they publish is set up on a computer and printed straight from software. If you send your letter electronically, all they have to do is transfer it directly to the “letters” page in the software in order to print it.

You can still send a postal letter, of course, but someone has to type it into the computer before it can be printed, and so it may not only arrive later than an e-mail, but may wait longer after it’s received to be printed.

Another possibility is sending a fax of your letter. It’s much quicker than postal mail, but it has the same disadvantages as postal mail once it reaches the newspaper or magazine. In addition, most office fax machines are in a public area and your intended recipient is not necessarily the only person who will read your fax. Make sure you clearly state whom the fax is for on a cover page and keep in mind that the editor may not be the first person to read your letter.

How do you write a letter to the editor?

Open the letter with a simple salutation.

Don't worry if you don't know the editor's name. A simple "To the Editor of the Daily Sun," or just “To the Editor:” is sufficient. If you have the editor's name, however, you should use it to increase the possibilities of your letter being read.

Grab the reader's attention.

Your opening sentence is very important. It should tell readers what you’re writing about, and make them want to read more.

Explain what the letter is about at the start.

Throughout your letter, remember the rule:

  • Be quick,
  • Be concise, and then
  • Be quiet.

Don't make the editor or the general public wait to find out what you want to say. Tell them your key point at the beginning.

Explain why the issue is important.

If you are motivated enough to write a letter to a newspaper or magazine, the importance of your topic may seem clear to you. Remember, though, that the general public probably doesn't share your background or the interest. Explain the issue and its importance simply. Use plain language that most people will understand

Give evidence for any praise or criticism.

If you are writing a letter discussing a past or pending action, be clear in showing why this will have good or bad results.

State your opinion about what should be done.

You can write a letter just to ''vent," or to support or criticize a certain action or policy, but you may also have suggestions about what could be done to improve the situation. If so, be sure to add these as well. Be specific. And the more good reasons you can give to back up your suggestions, the better.

Keep it brief.

Generally, shorter letters have a better chance of being published. So go back over your letter and see if anything can be cut or condensed. If you have a lot to say and it can't be easily made short, you may want to check with the editor to see if you could write a longer opinion feature or guest column.

Sign the letter.

Be sure to write your full name (and title, if relevant) and to include your address, phone number, and e-mail address. Newspapers won't print anonymous letters, though in some cases they may withhold your name on request. They may also call you to confirm that you wrote the letter before they publish it.

Check your letter to make sure it's clear and to the point.

A newspaper may not print every letter it receives, but clear, well-written letters are likely to be given more serious consideration.

How do you get your letters accepted?

How likely your letter is to be published depends to a certain extent on the publication you’re sending it to. The New York Times probably receives hundreds, if not thousands of letters a day, only ten or so of which make it into print. A small-town newspaper, on the other hand, may print every letter it gets, since it may get only two or three a day.

In general, newspapers and magazines will publish letters that are well-written and articulate, and that either represent specific points of view on an issue, or that thoughtfully analyze complex issues and events. Most publications stay away from publishing rants, although they may publish short-and-to-the-point letters that make the same points as a rant might, but in a much calmer and more rational way. Publications also tend to stay away from attacks on particular people (although not from criticism of the actions of politicians and other public figures), and anything that might possibly be seen as libel.

Legally, libel is the publication of a false statement about someone that damages that person’s reputation. Thus to falsely accuse someone of a crime would be libel; to inaccurately print that someone had won an award for citizenship would not be.

Here are a few helpful tips for getting your letters accepted by the editor:

  • Keep your letter under 300 words. Editors have limited space for printing letters, and some papers have stated policies regarding length (check the editorial page for this).
  • Make sure your most important points are stated in the first paragraph. Editors may need to cut parts of your letter and they usually do so from the bottom up.
  • Refer to a recent event in your community or to a recent article – make a connection and make it relevant.
  • Use local statistics and personal stories to better illustrate your point.
  • Make sure you include your title as well as your name – it adds credibility, especially if it's relevant to the topic being discussed. If you are a program director, your title may lend credibility to the letter.

Including your title is also important to showing that you’re not trying to hide your interest in the topic. If you’re a program director and you don’t mention that in your letter, there may be a letter the next day accusing you of dishonesty for not revealing it.

  • Editors may want to contact you, so include your phone number and e-mail address.
  • If your letter is not accepted the first time around, try again. You might submit a revised version with a different angle on the issue at a later date.

You do not have to be the only one to write the letter: letters are often published with multiple signers. You also don’t have to be the only one to write a letter. Several people may write letters on the same topic with the same or slightly different points, and submit them a few days apart, so that the issue stays on the Letters page for a period of time. If you have talented writers in your group, you might encourage one of them to write an editorial article or an "Op-Ed" – that is, an opinion editorial that is usually printed on the citizen opinion page. Most of all, don't limit your communications. Brainstorm for ideas in your group – how can you further your goals by speaking to the readers of your community paper?

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