Beowulf Business Letter by katiealibrandi

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									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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