Letter Essay Assignment (worth 10 points) - Essay Prowess

Letter Essay Assignment (worth 10 points)

Letter Essay Assignment (worth 10 points)

Letter Essay Assignment (worth 10 points)

The top 4 modifiable risk factors that result in much of our country’s illness, suffering, and death are

  • Lack of physical activity
  • Poor nutrition
  • Tobacco Use
  • Excessive Alcohol Intake

Writing Prompts

For your assignment, you are to research one of these risk factors and write a letter to someone you know who practices this behavior and explain why they should modify it.

Your paper must……
1) Give factual/statistical evidence to support why this behavior is hurting their health
2) Explain what the consequences of continuing this behavior might be and how it would benefit them if they stopped.
3) Give researched advice on how to stop this behavior


  • Your essay should be a MINIMUM of 3 pages and not a sentence less. This does not include the works cited page.
  • 12-point font (Times New Roman, Calibri, or Arial)
  • Double spaced
  • Written and saved in Word format (.doc, .docx)
  • 1 inch margins
  • Written in paragraph format and cited in APA format (with in-text citations!)
  • 1 works cited page (APA format) with AT LEAST 2 professional sources. Professional sources only include websites that end in .org, .gov, or .edu. Textbooks and scientific journals can also be used. In text citations, should be in APA format (author’s name in parentheses following the source).

Your essay should be written in YOUR OWN WORDS. Paraphrasing is fine if you include the original sources in your works cited page. Direct quotes should make up no more than 15-20% of your total essay.

Your paper should be research based. Do not ramble or BS! This is a research assignment in the form of a letter. Keep personal introductions to a paragraph long (4-5 sentences). You may “sprinkle” sentimental and personal notes to your loved one throughout the essay, but make sure to address every writing prompt in depth as you do.

I will be grading for accuracy of facts, grammar and spelling, and the overall quality/professionalism of your writing.

Rough Rubric


Provided accurate facts/statistical evidence for why behavior is hurting their health and addressed all writing prompts. 4 pts.
Correctly used APA format and followed technical requirements 3 pts.
Spelling and grammar 3 pts.

Note: If you do not include a works cited page your paper will be viewed as plagiarism and you will receive a zero.

3 points are automatically deducted for each page length you fall short of the minimum length.

I reserve the right to deduct points drastically if your paper shows significantly poor spelling/grammar, inaccurate facts, or minimal addressing of writing prompts, looks like you BS’d the whole thing etc.…

If you also abuse the technical requirements in anyway (e.g. typing in Arial Black, fonts greater than 12 pt., etc.…I will also deduct points drastically.

Remember, your paper should look professional. It should not look like my syllabus, my study guides, or this instructional paper and be full of bullet lists, numbered lists, different colors, random bolded words, or highlighted sentences!

Professional references ONLY include….
1-websites that end in .gov or .org
2-textbooks, books, science/health journals, encyclopedias (you may use UH’s online library to find these)

You do not have to include the person’s name if you wish to protect their privacy…instead write (Dear __________,). If you are lucky enough not to know anyone that practices any of these behaviors, pretend that you know someone that does and write a letter to them.

Your heading must be formatted as follows:

HLT 1353: Section #


That’s it. No cover page. No headings that take up lines and lines of writing space. No hard-entering between paragraphs. I will deduct points if your heading eats up too much space.