Business Letter / Formal Letter

Business Letter / Formal Letter

Use these ideas to help you brainstorm topics for your writing.
 

1. Write a letter of application for babysitting or dog walking in your neighborhood.

2. Write a letter of application to rake a neighbor’s leaves or mow the lawn.

3. Write a letter of request to a government agency to ask for additional information for a school project.

4. Your family will be driving to the Grand Canyon. Write a letter to the Grand Canyon National Park for visitor information.

5. Write a letter of request to a nearby factory for a tour of their facility.

6. Write a letter to the president of the United States about something that concerns you.

7. Write a letter of gratitude to a recent speaker at your school.

8. Write a letter of gratitude to your local library for the help you received from the librarian while doing research for a project.

9. Write a letter of complaint about a broken toy you ordered online.

10. Write a letter of complaint about a new game or toy you bought and were disappointed in.

Writing Traits for Business Letters/Formal Letters
Ideas Did I clearly state the reason for writing the letter?
Organization Did I create a list of the important points I wanted to include in the letter? Did I present my ideas in logical order?
Voice Did I use a strong and respectful voice?
Sentence Fluency Did the sentences flow smoothly from one to another?
Word Choice Did I avoid the use of contractions and use formal language?
Conventions Did I check for mistakes in spelling, punctuation, and capitalization?
Presentation Is my letter neat? Did I use the proper format for the heading, inside address, salutation, and closing?