10B Assessment – Writing Assignment #1

10B Assessment – Writing Assignment #1
Lesson Name: Writing: Business Letter Essay - Editorial
Department Store Dilemma
A large department store chain wants to open a store just outside your town or
city. The new store would attract customers from miles around and would create
jobs. It would also drive some local store owners out of business and would
cause traffic problems.
Write a 5 paragraph essay, in letter format, to the editor of a local newspaper to
convince people why they should support the new store or prevent it from being
As you write, remember your essay will be scored based on how well you:
develop a multi-paragraph response to the assigned topic that clearly communicates your
thesis to the audience.
support your thesis with meaningful reasons and sufficient details.
address the readers' concerns, opposing viewpoints, or counterarguments.
organize your essay in a clear and logical manner, including an introduction, body, and
use well-structured sentences and language that are appropriate for your audience.
edit your work to conform to the conventions of standard American English.
Use any of the tools available to you, such as the Checklist, Spellchecker, or
Graphic Organizer on e2020, your teachers, parents, etc.
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Name: __________________________
Attention Getter: ___________________________________________________________________________
Thesis: ___________________________________________________________________________________
Topic 1: ____________________________________________________________________________
Detail 1: _____________________________________________________________________
Detail 2: _____________________________________________________________________
Detail 3: _____________________________________________________________________
Topic 2: ____________________________________________________________________________
Detail 1: _____________________________________________________________________
Detail 2: _____________________________________________________________________
Detail 3: _____________________________________________________________________
Topic 3: ____________________________________________________________________________
Detail 1: _____________________________________________________________________
Detail 2: _____________________________________________________________________
Detail 3: _____________________________________________________________________
Restate thesis: ____________________________________________________________________________
Wrap it up: _______________________________________________________________________________
Business Letter Format
Your Street Address
Your City, State Zip
First and Last Name of the Person to whom you are writing
Their Street Address
City, ST Zip
Dear Mr./Ms. Full Name:
You do not want to indent when you are using this format. This is the best format to
use when you are writing a persuasive letter. You want to introduce yourself and
the topic you are writing about to the reader. Remember that the first rule of writing
is to know your audience. In a persuasive letter, you state your opinion or your
feelings about something that is important to you after you have introduced yourself.
You must sound as professional and passionate as possible. You do not want to
belittle the reader or they will not finish reading your letter. Your letter needs to
have the facts, reasons, and examples to support your position. Address issues that
your reader may have in their argument.
In a second paragraph, you must have solutions. Without solutions, you are only
complaining. Offer assistance in solving the problem. Remind the reader where they
can contact you.
Sincerely yours,
A. Student
*** your letter will have all of these parts, but the body of the letter
should be in 5 paragraph essay format!!!!!****