Beowulf Business Letter Imagine that you are the legendary hero, Beowulf. You have heard of King Hrothgar's torment at the hands of the monster, Grendel. You wish to deliver Denmark's king from the evil descendant of Cain and allow Herot Hall to again be filled with warriors. In the epic poem, our hero appeared without warning to aid King Hrothgar and took the chance that his help would be rejected. You are going to take a much safer approach and write a business letter to the king convincing him that you are the hero destined to release his mead hall from Grendel's clutches. Review the reasons that inspired Beowulf's courageous offer. In your first paragraph, you must clearly state the problem you are addressing. Conclude the first paragraph with a one sentence general summary of why you are the person for the job. This is your thesis statement and will be supported in the three body paragraphs that will follow. Each paragraph will support one reason for your selection over other heroes. In the second paragraph, you should give one clear, specific reason why you should be allowed to assist King Hrothgar in ridding the evil from Herot Hall. You should support this reason with examples that demonstrate your point. In the third paragraph, you should give another clear, specific reason why King Hrothgar should trust the restoration of peace to his mead hall to you. Again, you should be able to provide examples of this reason. In the fourth paragraph, you should answer in advance any doubts that the good king might have about allowing a foreigner to have absolute control over his hall while eliminating evil from it. This point would also need to be supported. In the final paragraph, summarize your thesis sentence in different words, each of your topic sentences, and make one final appeal for the king's support. Conclude with the standard closing. You may use the following made-up addresses for King Hrothgar and Beowulf: King Hrothgar Beowulf 19 Herot Hall 12 Hero Lane Olant, Denmark Geat, Sweden Your letter must: Follow the proper format of a business letter Explain the background of the situation briefly and clearly Use the appropriate vocabulary and tone for your audience State explicitly and clearly the reasons and support for each paragraph Clearly state why you, Beowulf, are the right hero for the job Business Letters Beowulf Business Letter Grading Rubric Name Date Components 4 (88 – 100) 3 (76 – 87) 2 (60 – 75) 1 (50 – 60) Return address or Return address or Return address or Return address or letterhead is complete letterhead is complete letterhead is missing letterhead is Return & accurate. & accurate. some information. missing. Address & Date is complete & Date is complete & Date is there but Date is missing. positioned correctly. positioned correctly. format is incorrect. 4 or more spelling, Date No spelling, 1-2 spelling, 3 spelling, capitalization, or capitalization, or capitalization, or capitalization, or punctuation errors. punctuation errors. punctuation errors. punctuation errors. Inside address is Inside address is Inside address is Inside address is complete & accurate. complete & accurate. missing information. missing. Inside Salutation is Salutation is Salutation is Salutation is Address appropriate & appropriate but inappropriate. missing. complete. incomplete. Subject line Subject line is & Salutation A subject line needed A subject line needed information is missing. or added correctly. or added correctly. misleading. More than 3 No spelling, 1 - 2 spelling, 3 spelling, spelling, capitalization, or capitalization, or capitalization, or capitalization, or punctuation errors. punctuation errors. punctuation errors. punctuation errors. Organization is Organization is Organization is not No organization appropriate to the appropriate to the appropriate to the pattern is apparent. Content writer’s purpose. writer’s purpose. writer’s purpose. Paragraph order Organization Paragraph order Paragraph order is Paragraph order is does not follow follows the suggested close to the close to the suggested format. & model. suggested model. suggested model. Message has Accuracy Message is complete One piece of Two pieces of enough missing or and correct. information is missing information are incorrect information or incorrect. missing or incorrect. to be ineffective in meeting the writer’s goal. Closing, Closing is One piece is missing Two pieces are More than two appropriate. or inaccurate. missing or inaccurate. pieces are missing Signature, & Written & typed or inaccurate. other End signatures are present. Matter Word choice is Word choice is mostly Word choice is Word choice is appropriate for appropriate for inappropriate for unprofessional. Word Choice audience. audience. audience. Sentences Complete sentences Some variation in Two sentence More than 2 of varying length. sentence length. One fragments. sentence fragments. Fluency, Paragraph divisions fragment. Message is there, but Message is lost in Paragraphs, are effective. Paragraph divisions underdeveloped. poor construction. Number of are somewhat Awkward paragraph Paragraphs do not & Mechanics paragraphs fits effective. construction clouds follow suggested suggested format. Main purpose of the the message. format. Main purpose of the message is clear. 3-4 spelling, Spelling, message is clear. 1-2 spelling, capitalization, or capitalization, or No spelling, capitalization, or punctuation errors. punctuation errors capitalization, or punctuation errors. 3 – 4 grammar & make message punctuation errors. 1-2 grammar & usage usage errors. unclear. Grammar & usage errors. Grammar & usage are correct. errors makes message unclear.
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