Sample Essay

 

US Forest Service Representative Roe:

Introductory Paragraph Ė this paragraph has background information for your argument.  Key facts including numbers and statistics should be taken from the readings and placed in the introduction:

Recently there has been a great controversy surrounding the use of off-road vehicles on public lands. In fact off-road vehicle use has been increasing since the 1980ís. There has even been a 44 percent increase in their use (1). This is a dangerous increase that will seriously impact Connecticutís environment. Representative Roe, please help Connecticut limit the use of ORVís on public lands because they damage the land and cause air pollution.

 

Paragraph Break-down:

Back Ground: Recently there has been a great controversy surrounding the use of off-road vehicles on public lands.

Key Facts/Quote:

Lead: In fact off-road vehicle use has been increasing since the 1980ís.

Quote/Fact: There has even been a 44 percent increase in their use (1).

Tie-back: This is a dangerous increase that will seriously impact Connecticutís environment.

 

Thesis: Representative Roe, please help Connecticut limit the use of ORVís on public lands because they damage the land and cause air pollution.

 

 

 

 

 

First Body Paragraph Ė Be sure to speak to your letterís audience; as always, start with a strong topic sentence. In the body paragraphs support your thesis with evidence from the readings.  Be sure to properly set-up your quotes:

 

Representative Roe, one of the main reasons that we need your help is that these ORVís are hurting the stateís public lands. This is a beautiful state and we need to keep the land as clean as possible. The White House Council on Environmental Quality reported that, ďORVís have damaged every kind of ecosystem found in the United StatesĒ (1). Clearly the rest of the country is concerned about this issue and it is time for Connecticut to get to work on this problem. Gayle  Joplin, biologist with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks says that ATVís hurt areas where animals need to feed and rest. She also says that they ďkill vegetation and cause soil erosionĒ (1). Mr. Roe, we obviously can not have this happening in our great state of Connecticut.

 

Paragraph 1 Break-Down:

AA/Topic Sentence

Representative Roe, one of the main reasons that we need your help is that these ORVís  are hurting the stateís public lands. This is a beautiful state and we need to keep the land as clean as possible.

 

 

Evidence/Quote 1:

Lead: The White House Council on Environmental Quality reported that,

 

Quote/Fact : ďORVís have damaged every kind of ecosystem found in the United StatesĒ (1).

 

Tie-Back: Clearly the rest of the country is concerned about this issue and it is time for Connecticut to get to work on this problem.

 

 Quote/Fact 2:

Lead: Gayle Joslin, biologist with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks says that

Fact/Quote:  ATVís hurt areas where animals need to feed and rest. She also says that they ďkill vegetation and cause soil erosionĒ (1).

 

Tie-Back/AA: Mr. Roe, we obviously cannot have this happening in our great state of Connecticut.

 

 

Paragraph II:

Representative Roe, along with hurting our lands, these ORVís also cause toxic air pollution. This is bad for everyone and we must act now. Russell Long, Executive Director of Blue Water Network, a conservation group, says that snowmobiles are worst than cars from the 1950ís for emissions. He says, ďa modern snow mobile emits roughly 225 times the carbon monoxide and 1000 times the hydrocarbons and nitrous oxides of a modern carĒ(2). These poisons do not belong in Connecticutís air. People in Montana are really concerned about their air as well. Forest officials there talk about how the air in yellow stone national park has violated federal air quality standards (2).  I am in disbelief that this is happening in a national park.

 

Paragraph II Break-down:

AA/Topic Sentence: Representative Roe, along with hurting our lands, these ORVís also cause toxic air pollution. This is bad for everyone and we must act now.

 

Evidence 1:

Lead (with AA) :Russell Long, Executive Director of Blue Water Network, a conservation group, says that snowmobiles are worst than cars from the 1950ís for emissions.

Quote/fact:

He says, ďa modern snow mobile emits roughly 225 times the carbon monoxide and 1000 times the hydrocarbons and nitrous oxides of a modern carĒ(2).

 

Tie-Back: These poisons do not belong in Connecticutís air.

 

Evidence 2:

Lead: People in Montana are really concerned about their air as well.

 

Quote/Fact:

Forest officials there talk about how the air in yellow stone national park has violated federal air quality standards (2).

 

Tie Back:  I am in disbelief that this is happening in a national park.

 

 

Conclusion Ė this is your time to be sure your argument is clear.  Be sure to reinforce your thesis. And remember to address your audience in this paragraph too:

Representative Roe, now is the time to act to limit the use of the ORVs on public lands.  They are hurting the land and our air.  Mark Williams, the Water Quality Coordinator for Boulder, CT, says that ORVs are noisy, smelly, and hurting the water supply out West (3).  Well, Iím afraid of the same thing happening here.  ORV use is estimated to get towards 118 million visits in 2020 from only 5.3 million in 1979 (3).  We have to stop this increase now by limiting those machines in our beautiful state.  It is not too late to get this done.  Please get the state legislature involved in helping us limit their use.

 

Conclusion Break-Down:

AA/Topic Sentence: Representative Roe, now is the time to act to limit the use of the ORVs on public lands.  They are hurting the land and our air. 

 

Quote/Fact:

 

Lead: Mark Williams, the Water Quality Coordinator for Boulder, CT, says that

 

Fact (s) : ORVs are noisy, smelly, and hurting the water supply out West (3).  Well, Iím afraid of the same thing happening here.  ORV use is estimated to get towards 118 million visits in 2020 from only 5.3 million in 1979 (3). 

 

Tie-Back: We have to stop this increase now by limiting those machines in our beautiful state.  It is not too late to get this done.  Please get the state legislature involved in helping us limit their use.

 

 

 

Salutations:

Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

 

Sincerely,

 

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