Riverside Unified School District
Persuasive Business Letter Prompt
Language! Book C3 Elementary
In this writing assessment, you will write a persuasive business letter.
Before you begin writing, read the writing task carefully and plan what
you will say.
Writing the Persuasive Letter:
Writing Situation: Your school principal has decided to extend the school day
by one hour. The principal believes it will raise test scores, allow more time for
electives such as art, music, drama, and sports classes, and keep teenagers
out of trouble.
Purpose: To persuade
Audience: Your principal
Writing Directions: Think of the advantages and disadvantages of being in
school for an extra hour each day. What is your opinion on this issue? Write a
4-paragraph persuasive business letter either supporting or opposing the
principal’s decision. Give convincing reasons to support your opinion and
address the concerns of those who would argue against your position. Explain
your reasons with specific details.
_____ Does your letter tell who or what you are writing about?
_____ Did you write an introduction paragraph?
_____ Do you have 2-3 body paragraphs?
_____ Did you include a closing paragraph at the end of the letter?
_____ Did you include a counterargument?
_____ Did you include transitions?
_____ Did you use the business letter format?
_____ Does each body paragraph have a topic and concluding sentence?
_____ Did you vary your sentences to make your writing interesting to read?
_____ Did you capitalize each sentence and use correct end punctuation?
_____ Did you use correct spelling?
Student Name _____/4 Genre/Application
(FIRST MI LAST NAME)
Teacher’s Last Name
_____/4 AVERAGE SCORE