Political Action Letter
As a result of this project the student will:
- Develop an awareness of the importance of nursing political action
- Explore political topics influencing health care or nursing in Wisconsin
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with a legislator
- Identify a current political topic of interest to you that has an impact on health care or nursing. The topic can be one identified in your textbook, a current Assembly bill in Wisconsin legislature, or other political topic affecting health care or nursing.
- Research the topic, clarify your point of view, and choose a federal or state legislator to whom you will address your opinions and request for political action.
- Write a letter to the legislator (example in your textbook) to include:
- Your name and address
- Legislator’s name and address
- A single topic of concern to you
- Your request or points of view stated in the first sentence
- A brief rationale for your point of view or request
Develop an awareness of the importance of nursing political action
- The political action chapter in your textbook offers internet resources for a variety of legislative information.
- The Wisconsin legislature’s website (legis.state.wi.us) has many links which can provide you with your legislator’s name and current Assembly bills. Try searches on this web page with “health care” or “nursing” to surface current bills of interest.
- The American Nurses Association website (ana.org) has links to national political issues impacting health care and nursing.
Political Action Letter Rubric:
The rubric is based on a 3, 2, and 1 scoring for each criterion. Total points earned are marked for each and then tallied at the end.
|Your name and address. Legislator’s name and address||Your name and address are present and complete. Legislator’s name, title, and address are present and complete.||Your name and address is present but incomplete and/or Legislators name, title, and address is present but incomplete.||Your name and address and/or Legislators name title, and address are missing.|
|Single topic of concern to you||Topic of concern is clearly and concisely presented.||Topic of concern is present but not clearly identified.||Topic of concern is missing or unable to be discerned.|
|Request or point of view stated in the first sentence||Writer’s points of view on the issue are clearly and concisely presented within the first sentence.||Writer’s points of view on the issue are present but not clear or not within the first sentence.||Writer’s point of view is not present.|
|Brief rationale for your request or point of view||Writer’s request and point of view is clear and thoroughly supported by rationale.||Writer’s request and point of view is present and minimally supported by rationale.||Writer’s request and point of view is missing or unclear and not supported by rationale.|
|Writers Voice||The writer conveys insight, knowledge and/or experience. The writer has taken the ideas and made them his/her own. There is a clear differentiation between the writer’s voice and other sources cited. Conclusions are well-grounded; fact and opinion are distinguished.||The writer seems to be drawing on knowledge or experience, but insight is not always clear. There is some lack of ownership of the topic.||No evidence of the writer’s perspective or position noted. The ideas and the way they are expressed seem to belong to someone else. No differentiation of opinion or fact.|
|Organization||Information is presented in a logical order. Sentence form complete; logical paragraphs. Transitional sentences are used to link one paragraph to the next.||Information is presented in a logical order, but the way it is presented is “choppy” at times. Some sentences are awkward and transitions are not always clear.||Information is presented in a disjointed order; it is difficult to follow the writer’s thought processes. Many sentences are poorly constructed and distract from the readability.|
|Format/Structure and Grammar||All sentences are well-constructed; include relevant details, with varied structure. There are no errors in grammar or spelling that distracts the reader.||Sentence structure is generally correct, with some variation in sentence structure. Some awkward sentences do appear. There are some errors (2 to 3) in grammar or spelling that distracts the reader from the content.||Most sentences are well constructed, but there is little/no variation in structure. There are a number of errors (5-6) in grammar or spelling that distracts the reader from the content.|