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Assignment | Oceanography (Spears): Writing a Letter of Appeal

GEOL 1445 | Prof. C. Spears (Spring 2022)

Writing a Letter

A persuasive letter is a formal document whose function is to enlist the recipient as an ally to the cause.

  • Know your purpose and be concise.
  • Several drafts may be necessary.
  • Support your claims with evidence (statistics & data).
  • Cite the source of the evidence.
  • The Writing Consultants at LSC - UP can help!


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A writing consultant is free to currently enrolled LSCS students. No appointment is necessary. During busy times, coaches may limit sessions to 20-30 minutes. Writing consultants do not proofread your paper, rather they help you refine structural issues in your paper. They identify weaknesses within your writing and strengthen those areas to help you produce a better product. To maximize this process:

  • Bring a copy of your assignment, along with any other necessary course materials and textbooks.
  • Ask specific questions.
  • Allow enough time to complete your assignment before the deadline.

Proofreading Tool

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Grammarly is an online grammar and spell checker that improves communication by helping users find and correct writing mistakes. Grammarly contains a plagiarism checker. It’s easy to use and free to LSC-University Park students!


It is wrong, It is embarrassing. It means trouble. Find strategies to avoid it: 

  • Start assignments weeks before the due date.
  • Keep track of your sources (Manage Information)
  • Quote properly
  • Paraphrase correctly
  • Check your work. Use Grammarly to find problem areas.

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