Skip to Main Content

ENG 111: College Composition I (Russo-Loudoun)

This guide has been created by librarians to help you find books, articles, videos, and other types of resources related to this program of study. Direct comments to Julie Combs,

Need Help?


For individual research help, schedule an appointment to meet with a librarian.

Project 3: Open Letter Researched Argument


  • Write an argumentative, persuasive "open letter" of at least 1,500 words regarding a problem that concerns you and a solution you pose:  What is the problem, and what do you want your audience to do about it?   


  • You will identify the specific audience you are addressing the "letter" to. This should be any individual or group whom you want to take action on your problem.
    • This is your direct audience.
    • However, as an "open letter" (as opposed to a personal email or an old-fashion snail mail letter) consider that you are speaking broadly to a general audience whom you want to overhear what you are saying, what would be an indirect audience.

Review the full draft to ensure:

  • It is at least 1,500 words.
  • You have cited at least 3 outside sources that are reputable for your chosen audience.
  • You have included an MLA-style works cited list.

For more information, please review Module 3: The Researched Open Letter Assignment.