Business Letter Topics
Social Studies Connection
Christopher Columbus writing to get support for his business venture - sailing across the world to find riches in Far Asia!
Write a letter to Apple complaining about the battery life of your iPhone or iPad. Suggest ways to improve the battery and/or power source(s).
Write a letter to a restaurant complaining about your recent trip and the poor service you experienced. Suggest ways to improve their service.
Write a letter to Mr. Todd complaining about the early start time of school. Make suggestions about later start times and why it would improve student and teacher morale, increase grades/scores, etc.
Complain about the new dress code
Complain about the new Chromebook wallpaper
Write a letter to the Superintendent of Walton County Schools suggesting better lunch options. Perhaps food vendors/food trucks could come to YMS each Friday.
Write to the Walton County Parks and Recreation Department asking for a pool/splash pad.
Create a Product
Create a product or service and try to sell it to another company, business, or individual.
For example: Self-lacing tennis shoes. Try to sell your invention/shoe to Nike or Adidas
Present these to the class!
- Company Logo
- Company Name
- Company Address
- Zip code
- Recipient’s name
- Recipient’s address
- Zip code
- Proper punctuation for business card greeting/salutation
- Use a sentence with a comma
- Use a sentence with a hyphen
- Use a sentence with a dash
- Use a sentence with a semicolon
- Use a sentence with a colon
- Use sentence with an ellipsis
- Closing salutation
- Closing salutation proper punctuation
- Your signature line
Color code each sentence showing the specific grammar you are using.
Job Interview Lesson Plan
Interviewing Skills Lesson Plan
Topic: Interviewing Skills
Grade Range: 11th-12th grade resource students
Time Frame: 5-6 class periods
Common Core Standards: (Domain, Standard, Cluster)
Domain: College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening
Standard: Comprehension and Collaboration
Cluster Objective: 3. Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of
evidence and rhetoric. (Grade 11-12)
Standard: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
Cluster Objective: 4. Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such
that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization,
development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
6. Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks,
demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Learning Objective/Outcome: Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to successfully participate in a mock interview.
Engagement, punctual, mock interview, professional dress, body language, portfolio, resume, personal weakness, word choice, tone, posture
Materials: computer access, smart board, you tube videos, Mock Evaluation Form, 5 part interview, Pretest Interview Skills
Higher Order Questions:
What are the different purposes of interviews?
How are you rated during an interview?
What are some possible questions you could be asked for a job or college interview?
Building Background/Motivation: These students are quickly approaching high school graduation and both need and want to find a job or go to college. Good interview skills will help them to do this. Prior to this lesson, students have practiced filling out job applications as well as created personal resumes to be used. They have also conducted personal surveys to learn more about themselves and what jobs they would enjoy or be successful at.
Presentation: (How is the new material being introduced? Strategies? Scaffolding? Steps in lesson…)
Day 1-Give the students the attached pretest with interview questions to complete.
Following the completion of the pretest, discuss the students’ answers. Ask the students what they think the purpose of an interview is? (hiring for a new job, promotion, college admission, scholarship, etc.) If students have participated in an interview, ask them to share their experience and the outcome.
Day 2-Hand out copies of The 5-Part Interview (attached) and ask the students to read the steps aloud and discuss each step. (This may take an additional day depending on the conversations and time frame allotted for each class).
Step 1: Before the interview – After reading this section, critique the outfits of the day and why or why not people are dressed appropriate. Were they on time to class? Were they prepared for the day’s lesson (HW complete)?
Step 2: The Start of the Interview – Did you greet the teacher when you entered? How is your posture? Are you chewing gum? Fidgeting? Use this time to get up and practice your handshake and introduction. Have the students practice with each other and when they are confident they have it, they can introduce themselves to the teacher.
Step 3: The Interview (Middle) – Again how is your posture? Are you engaged? (More practice with this section will come later in the unit.)
Step 4: The Interview (End) – Are you clear on instructions when leaving the room? Do you know how to contact your teacher if needed? (More practice with this section will come later in the unit.)
Step 5: The Follow-up – Do you check with your teacher on grades after you turn in an assignment?
Day 3-Brainstorm different questions that employers will ask during an interview for a job. Let the students control this discussion and try to interject as little as possible. After they have agreed on 10 questions to ask, lead a discussion on each question and why it should be asked in an interview. Have the students explain their reasons and give examples of a response that would be ideal. There are many websites that have ideas for interview questions and tips. In the “Resources” section there are two that we found helpful.
Day 4-Review by watching the Do’s and Don’ts of interviews from the YouTube video listed below or another similar video if you prefer. Critique the dress of the students to see if they have “Interview” appropriate clothes, make-up, or jewelry. Review the mock interview and evaluation form for the practice round of interviews for the next day. View different interviews and have the students “grade” each interview. Some YouTube videos are listed below but many more can be found on YouTube.
Day 5-Have students practice interviewing each other and each student will interview with
the teacher for a grade. Allow students to reflect on how their interview with the teacher went and what needs to be fixed before the final assessment which will be the culmination of the entire unit.
Student Activities: (Meaningful activities, interactions, structures/strategies, practice and application, feedback…)
Pretest and discussion of questions
Viewing and critiquing YouTube videos
Practice interviews in the classroom
Review and Assessment: (Review of objectives and vocabulary, assess learning, measurement tools…)
Mock interview evaluation form
Interventions/Extensions: (How are you reaching every learner?)
If a video camera is available, students might learn from and enjoy watching a video of their mock interview.
If you have students that are mature and can be professional, they can interview each other and decided if they would hire the candidate based on the interview.
If needed, any of the above days can be spread out over more days to help the students prepare and be comfortable with the interview process.
5 Part Interview and Mock Interview Evaluation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gww2vrIhjeU pretty good-shows a bad interview and then a good one. The interviewer does the exact same both times. 7 minutes
How to answer the question "Tell me about yourself" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDhbLdFJAF4
The interviewee makes the mistakes with suggestions written for improvement.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckHT_omM_R4&feature=grec_index 1 minute
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1ucmfPOBV8&feature=related 4 minutes Dos and Don't of interviews: How to dress, proper handshake, Key questions and how to answer them, Key suggestions GOOD
Interview Question Tips
http://www.denham.net/15-tips.html - Common questions and how to answer them.
http://www.ccd.me.edu/careerprep/CareerPrepCurriculum_LP-6.pdf - List of interview questions often asked and ones that applicants can ask.