Publish a petition on Change.org.
Tips: * Contextualize the problem. Background information will be needed, so make sure to provide it
(i.e. who, what, when, where). Be very specific.
* The petition must have a specific recipient, so do your research prior to publishing your work.
Ask yourself: who can help you with your request?
* Be respectful and persuasive. Your objective is to get signatures that can lead to a change, so
make sure you are not excluding or insulting audiences. Avoid aggressive, offensive language.
* Do research. Throughout your petition, I would like you to use three credible sources: one
source should be a credible media article (preferably from a newspaper or magazine), one source should
be a scholarly article (published in a scholarly journal), and one source should be a strong visual (please
refer to the slideshow I created on Visual Arguments). Though petitions generally don’t have a Works
Cited page, I would like you to still provide one when you submit this assignment.
* Your petition should be 4-6 pages. Petitions don’t follow MLA rules; they look more like online
newspaper/magazine articles with a title, \a picture (which is recommended but not required), and the
article itself. For this assignment, you don’t have to follow the MLA format.
* Don’t forget that to complete this assignment you must do two things: submit your petition in
the Assignment page I have opened on Canvas and copy/paste the URL of your published petition at the
very bottom of the petition you’re submitting in the Assignment page. I will follow that link to look at
your published work and to possibly sign your petition!
Purpose: the objective of this assignment is to practice persuasive writing, which include the elements
of logos, pathos and ethos as well as practice writing a proposal.
Topic: According to Google dictionary, petitions are “a formal written request, typically one signed by
many people, appealing to authority with respect to a particular cause.” In order for a petition to be
strong, the writing must have strong logos (reason, logic and factual information), convincing ethos
(credible sources, ethical ideas, unbiased and unflawed writing) and moving pathos (emotional
connection to the writing).
Writing Task: First, open up at Change.org account. Then, browse through some of the trending
petitions on the website. There are thousands already published, so please go through a few to get a
good idea of what will be expected. Since this website is open to everyone, you will find both strongly
and weakly written petitions. Read both to give yourself an idea of what you should aim for and what
you should try to avoid. Follow the steps on the website to publish your petition (there are 4 steps
total). After publishing your petition, I want you to copy/paste the URL at the bottom of your essay
I have created my own petition on my take of saving pit bulls since I care about them so much.