Persuasion Letter Essay Assignment
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Persuasion Letter Essay Assignment
Essay #2 – Persuasion Letter Due: Tues, Dec 17 Typed, 1 pg, business letter format
Your second essay is a persuasive letter, arguing what grade you should have received on Essay #1.
Imagine I failed you for Essay #1. Use the rubric on the back of this paper to argue why you shouldn’t have received an F, then argue what grade you should receive. Persuasive essays rely on correctly reading The Rhetorical Situation. You must correctly identify your audience, qualify yourself as a credible author, and use a persuasive strategy. You must format this as a professional business letter. You are not allowed to go over 1 page.
- Audience cues/address block
- Introduction (must have a hook)
- Body (must have 1 summary/definition + 3 quotes with context)
- Summarize your essay 1 lie/reveal your lie
- Quote yourself to prove you’re a good writer
- Quote the class rubric from at least two grade categories
- Conclusion (must have a call to action)
Writing the Basic Business Letter (via Purdue Owl)
Date: Write out the month, day and year two inches from the top of the page. (For example: June 11, 2001.) Left justify the date.
Inside Address: The inside address is the recipient’s address:
Mildred Elley College
25 Broadway, 16th Fl
New York, NY 10004
Use the professional title and last/family name followed by a colon. Leave one line blank after the salutation.
For block and modified block formats, single space and left justify each paragraph within the body of the letter. Leave a blank line between each paragraph.
The closing begins at the same vertical point as your date and one line after the last body paragraph. Capitalize the first word only (for example: Thank you). If a colon follows the salutation, a comma should follow the closing.
Grading Rubric for Humanities Classes (Reading, Writing, Film, Literacies)
This rubric is for written short answers, essays, and final papers in all humanities classes. This is only for my classes, not any other professor’s courses. As you can see, following directions, writing in complete sentences, understanding the questions, and demonstrating a deep understanding of the course materials will garner a high grade. Meeting all basic requirements will garner an average grade. Failing to meet requirements will garner a failing grade.
Above and beyond. This written response fulfills basic instructions and builds off of the question/paper prompt to show a deep understanding of the material. For papers, this means a strong thesis with relevant topic sentences; a strong voice in the introduction; and well-researched sources (with perfect citations) which illustrate your point instead of making it for you. Analysis is original and insightful. B
Solid reasoning with some deeper analysis. This written response addresses all parts of the question/prompt, offers some analysis and original thought but relies heavily on source material (quotes from the book) instead of student writing. This answer is written in mostly complete sentences with some fragments. For papers, the thesis drives most of the essay but the focus may shift in one or two places. C
Average. The written response only fulfills the most basic requirements and may omit important analysis which has been explicitly or implicitly requested. Material may be written in a long phrase which is not a sentence, or is a run on, or includes irrelevant information. For papers, the reasoning is correct but relies on generalizations or clichés. D
Below average. The written response only addresses part of the question/prompt, and while it offers a correct answer, it is partial. Alternatively, an incorrect yet logically supported answer would yield partial credit. The author often employs a one-word response instead of a full sentence, or one sentence instead of a paragraph. F
50% and below
Very poor response. Does not address the question/prompt or provides the incorrect answer. It may also indicate the student did not read the question or assignment. Does not meet requirements for length or citations. Is not written in complete sentences or organized paragraphs. Is completely comprised of summary (what happened, when, and to whom) instead of analysis (why something happened, why it matters and what the effects might be).