Two Forty-Minute Class Periods
Students will write a business letter, which includes appropriate greetings, heading, closings, and a professional tone, to a philanthropic organization requesting information.
The students will write a formal business letter to a service organization. The letter should be typed or word-processed in a professional manner.
Overhead projector, paper, writing utensils
Draw two intersecting circles (Venn diagram) on the board or overhead projector. Label the left side "Personal Letter,” the right side "Business Letter,” and the middle “Similarities.” Next, ask students to picture in their minds a personal letter and a business letter. Fill in the Venn diagram by brainstorming differences and similarities of both.
An exceptional letter will be typed, will have an appropriate greeting, and have a closing which is appropriate for a business letter. There should be few or no spelling or grammatical errors in the letter. The content of the letter should be focused and the tone should be professional.
A proficient letter might have a few spelling or grammar errors and the content might not be organized or focused well.
A limited letter is not typed and does not fit the format of a business letter.
In computer science class the students can demonstrate their proficiency using word-processing software to create their business letters.
Lesson Developed By:Liz Hollingworth
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