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									Creating a verbal road map

Possible Outline for Introduction Business Letter
  I. Introduction

        A. "Chit-chat" (context)
        B. Subject/purpose/scope
        C. Plan of development (mini-table of contents for major sections)

 II. Personal life

III. Education

        A. Communication courses (English writing and literature with papers as well as speech)
        B. Accounting (subject area courses)

IV. Conclusion (possibly keep-communication-open sentence only)

                           _____________________________________


The road map: Purpose/thesis statement, topic sentences, and sub-topic
sentences
Introduction:

Text:
        In this introduction letter, I introduce myself to you, demonstrate my knowledge of
        business letter format, and illustrate my ability to write. First, I describe some aspects of
        my personal life and then go into detail about my education thus far.

Analysis:
       "Chit-chat"/context = "In this introduction letter"

        Purpose/thesis statement = "I introduce myself to you, demonstrate my knowledge of
        business letter format, and illustrate my ability to write.

        Plan of development = First, I describe some aspects of my personal life and then go into
        detail about my education thus far.
First unit of information about your personal life:

Text:
         To begin with some personal information, I have lived in Morehead City, North
         Carolina, for ten years, although I born in Atlanta, Georgia. . . .

Analysis:

        Topic sentence #1 = "To begin with some personal information"

Second unit of information about your education at East Carolina University:

Text:
        My education at East Carolina University has consisted of courses in English and in my
        major accounting. Although my writing experiences are limited, I have completed
        freshman composition and . . . .

        My academic course work in accounting includes five courses: . . . .

Analysis:

        Topic sentence #2 = ""My education at East Carolina University has consisted of courses
        in English and in my major accounting."

        Sub-topic sentence #2.1 = "Although my writing experiences are limited, I have
        completed freshman composition and . . . .

        Sub-topic sentence #2.2 = "My academic work in accounting includes five courses: . . . .

Conclusion:

Text:
        If you need additional information, I can be reached at 252-338-8942 or
        SymtheR@mail.ecu.edu

Analysis:
       Keep-communication-open sentence = If you need additional information, I can be
       reached at 252-338-8942 or SymtheR@mail.ecu.edu
                            _____________________________________
The road map: Headings
For a fairly long, formal business letter (maybe two or more pages), consider using at least one
level of headings. Your introductory business letter is short and informal because of the audience
(me as instructor) and the content included (information to introduce yourself to me). You
weren't to use headings; however, see below for what the letter might look like if you had used
headings.



Department of English GCB 2110
East Carolina University
East Carolina, NC 27858
18 August 1999
Subject: Introduction Business Letter

Dear Dr. Browne:

In this introduction letter, I introduce myself to you, demonstrate my knowledge of business letter format,
and illustrate my ability to write. First, I describe some aspects of my personal life and then go into detail
about my education thus far.

Personal Life

To begin with some personal information, I have lived in Morehead City, North Carolina, for ten years,
although I born in Atlanta, Georgia. . . .

Education

My education at East Carolina University has consisted of courses in English and in my major
accounting. Although my writing experiences are limited, I have completed freshman composition and . .
..

My academic course work in accounting includes five courses: . . . . . . . . . . . .Of all the courses I have
completed, I enjoyed international accounting the most.


If you need additional information, I can be reached at 252-338-8942 or SymtheR@mail.ecu.edu

Sincerely,



Sherry Southard

								
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