Letter to President Obama
Typed Rough Draft is due on Friday Jan. 23rd
Worth 10 points
Write a letter to President Obama regarding your hopes and dreams for our country over the next
4 years. Whether you would have voted for him or not, we all share a stake in the health and
well being of our country. Compose a letter to our new president sharing with him some of your
thoughts and concerns. The letter should follow the format below and should include at least 4
paragraphs. See the example letter on the back.
First introduce yourself and give a friendly greeting. This should take a few sentences.
(Minimum 3) Then outline for him a few of your hopes and dreams for the country over the next
4 years. Think about the many challenges that face our nation and identify at least 2 that you are
particularly interested in.
Next, beginning with the second paragraph, state the supporting details to explain why the issues
you have raised are important. These may take the form of background information, statistics or
first-hand accounts. Include facts on your issue that are from a reputable source and make sure to
cite where you found them. After identifying and defining the problem or issue, make some
suggestions on how you would begin to address or solve it. What laws could be passed or
actions could be taken by the government? A few short paragraphs within the body of the letter
should be enough to support your reasoning.
Challenge: Since one of the most important jobs the president has is to uphold and protect the
Constitution of the United States of America, I would also like you to include in your letter some
of the information you have been learning in your history classes regarding the Constitution.
Finally, in the closing paragraph, briefly restate your reasons for writing and why they are
important. Also include some suggestions (humorous or serious) about how you think he should
best deal with this very important and very stressful responsibility that comes from being the
leader of our country.
Vocabulary words that might come in handy:
January, 20 2009
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
Hello Mr. President, my name is Simon Student and I am an 8th grader at Stanley Middle School in
Lafayette California. First, I would like to congratulate you on achieving this historic milestone. I join
with the rest of the country in welcoming you to the White House. Even though my family did not vote
for you in the November election I am still hopeful that you will do an outstanding job as our President.
Our country faces many challenges, from the threat of terrorism, to poverty, to the continuing struggle for
equal rights for all U.S. citizens. Two particular issues that I hope you will give close attention are global
climate change and the increasing cost of a college education.
On the subject of global climate change, the reason that this is such an important issue is that it affects the
entire world. In addition, if this issue is not promptly addressed, my generation stands to suffer most
from the droughts, raising sea levels, and polar melt that accompany these global climate fluxuations.
According to the National Geographic Foundation newsletter from June 14th 2007,
“The rate of warming is increasing. The 20th century's last two decades were the
hottest in 400 years and possibly the warmest for several millennia, according to a
number of climate studies. And the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC) reports that 11 of the past 12 years are among the dozen
warmest since 1850.”
We need make some difficult sacrifices in order to stop this threat. One thing I would suggest is to move
away from coal and oil as power sources and develop cleaner technologies like nuclear, wind, and solar to
generate our power. If the United States leads, other countries like China and India will follow….
The second issue that is of great concern to me in the ever increasing cost of a college education. College
is a very important factor in gaining a good job with good pay and benefits. Every child in the United
States should be able to afford a 4 year college education if they work hard in school and have the desire
President Obama, in this historic moment, please do not forget the people who put you in the White
House. Even those of us who can’t vote yet or didn’t vote for you deserve to be represented. We are
counting on your leadership to help guide our great nation through these troubled times. Thank you for
Stanley Middle School
3455 School Street
Lafayette Ca. 94549 (Put your home address here)