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writing to persuade - example

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Question
Write a letter to your headteacher in which you try to persuade him or her to invest in an Internet connection for the school.

Example Answer

                              10 Some Road
                              Sometown
                              Someshire
                              SO10 2AN

Mr F Jones
Headteacher
Any School
Any Town
Anyshire
AN 20 3AN

                              2nd June 2002

Dear Mr Jones

At home the other evening while I was 'surfing the 'Net' , I came across some information in an article that amazed me. Apparently 95% of schools in this country are now connected to the 'World Wide Web' . Mr Bleer, our prime minister, was quoted in the article. This is what he said, 'I have a vision for schools in this country. And this vision includes helping schools to recognise the importance of this revolutionary form of communication...' . I was so fascinated by the article that I almost forgot the reason I was using the Internet in the first place - to help with my English revision. You see there are so many excellent sites these days - even from 'The Guardian' and the BBC - that help students get higher grades in their GCSEs.

Oh, but I forgot - I haven't introduced myself yet or said why I am writing. I am sorry. My name is John Brown and I am a fifteen-year-old student at your school in Year eleven. I am in Mr. White's tutor group and I wanted to write to you to suggest some reasons why I think our school should be included in this figure of 95% of schools connected to the Internet. You see I am passionate about this new technology - even more passionate, I think, than our prime minister (do you know, I have read that he doesn't even know what HTTP means?). I know that many adults feel ' left out in the cold' by what is happening with all this new technology and some of them think that youngsters such as me have found yet another way to waste a few more hours. But no. I think that I can show you that the Internet can help us both achieve something we need: higher grades for all of the students of Anyschool. And the way we can do this is to make sure our school connects all of its computers to the World Wide Web.

You see, once we are connected to the Web, one of the first benefits would be... ... ... ... [continued...]

Yours sincerely

John Brown


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