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Getting Down to Business

Joy Rowell

Description

Students use correct business letter format to write a first draft, edit and rewrite a final draft business letter to their choice of vendor with comments of criticism or praise.

Objectives

The student drafts and revises writing that: is focused, purposeful, and reflects insight into the writing situation; has an organizational pattern that provides for a logical progression of ideas; has effective use of transitional devices that contribute to a sense of completeness; has support that is substantial, specific, relevant, and concrete; demonstrates a commitment to and involvement with the subject; uses creative writing strategies as appropriate to the purpose of the paper; demonstrates a mature command of language with precision of expression; has varied sentence structure; and has few, if any, convention errors in mechanics, usage, punctuation, and spelling.

The student produces final documents that have been edited for: correct spelling; correct punctuation, including commas, colons, and common use of semicolons; correct capitalization; correct sentence formation; correct instances of possessives, subject/verb agreement, instances of noun/pronoun agreement, and the intentional use of fragments for effect; and correct formatting that appeals to readers, including appropriate use of a variety of graphics, tables, charts, and illustrations in both standard and innovative forms.

The student writes fluently for a variety of occasions, audiences, and purposes, making appropriate choices regarding style, tone, level of detail, and organization.

Materials

-Textbook with correct business letter layout
-Pens
-Paper
-Envelopes
-Stamps
-Local directories
-Internet access (if available)

Preparations

1. Announce at least one class period before the activity that students will be selecting a business to write a letter of praise or criticism to, allowing students the opportunity to locate the address of the business or celebrity they choose.
2. Have Internet access available for address searches.
3. Have a local phone directory available to locate local business addresses.
4. Have stamps and envelopes available.

Procedures

1. Announce at least one class period before the activity that students will be selecting a business to write a letter of praise or criticism to, thus allowing students the opportunity to locate the address of the business or celebrity of their choice.

2. After looking at some model business letters from your textbook, ask students to plan and write a business letter with praise for positive service or a suggestion for less than positive service. They must follow a correct business letter format.

3. Use peer editing in groups of three to read and edit letters.

4. Write final drafts of the business letter.

5. Correctly address envelopes, stamp and mail.

Assessments

Each student will be assessed three grades.
1. Participation as evidenced by teacher observation during the peer-editing process.
2. A grade based on the use of correct format for the business letter.
3. A grade based on the content of the letter, as well as the use of correct grammatical conventions.

Extensions

Replies often arrive with free samples, coupons, “freebies,” or signed pictures of celebrities enclosed. I have students use only their home address.
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