Handbook Letters

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Have students review the material in the handbook on writing letters, then have them write a letter to the author of the handbook. After a brief introductory paragraph, the students should write about what they find useful in the handbook and what they wish the handbook had or how it could be improved. Review what the handbook has to say about tone and discuss how these letters should sound. Consider giving the finished product to your local textbook rep.
About the Author
Barclay Barrios is an Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing Programs at Florida Atlantic University, where he teaches freshman composition and graduate courses in composition methodology and theory, rhetorics of the world wide web, and composing digital identities. He was Director of Instructional Technology at Rutgers University and currently serves on the board of Pedagogy. Barrios is a frequent presenter at professional conferences, and the author of Emerging.