Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Homework: Letter of Introduction

DUE: 9/20/2016

Assignment: Prepare a typed, correctly-formatted letter of introduction for yourself addressed to me.  Your letter should be organized as a personal letter, and should be formal in tone.  Generally, a letter like this would include three or four things you think I should know about you; however, if you have a compelling reason to go into detail about a particular issue, you may concentrate on that one issue instead.  Your letter should be single-spaced, with a space between each paragraph, and should fit on one page.

                                              123 Your Street
                                              Your Hometown, NH 03123
                                              20 September 2016

Mr. Aaron Gauthier
Kingswood Regional High School
396 S. Main Street
Wolfeboro, NH 03896

Dear Mr. Gauthier:

The first paragraph of a typical business or personal letter is used to state the main point of the letter. Begin with a friendly opening, then quickly transition into the purpose of your letter. Use a couple of sentences to explain the purpose, but do not go in to detail until the next paragraph.  For example, you might begin with something like: “As you know, I am a student in your X-Block English 9 class.  I am writing this letter to tell you a few things I thought you should know about me.”

Beginning with the second paragraph, state the supporting details to justify your purpose. In this case, these are the pieces of information which you have chosen to share in order to introduce yourself to me.  A few short paragraphs within the body of the letter should be enough to make a nice introduction. 

Finally, in the closing paragraph, briefly restate your purpose and why it is important. Finish up with a closing line expressing gratitude for your reader's time.


[your signature]

Suzie Q. Smith

Note: this letter format has been adapted from samples available at www.writinghelp-central.com and owl.english.purdue.edu.  They are both excellent resources for official MLA-style guidelines for writing.  Good luck with your letter! –Mr. G.

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