The Beginning The Cover Letter
Objectives/goals • Content: I will be able to persuade/support why I feel I am ready to move on to high school in a cover letter. • Language: I will use the language of “SUPPORT” & TRANSTION WORDS to write with in my cover letter and discuss with my TPS partner. • Social: I will respectfully collaborate with my group in the computer lab.
What the “heck” is a Cover Letter? • -What words does it have in the title? • -Exactly!!!! • -COVER • -LETTER
What the “heck” is a Cover Letter? • -Cover Letter is the FIRST thing that “covers” who you are and why you are passionate about exiting 8th grade and into high school/(job). • -It is the very first thing that you have to send to the workplace to even apply. • -Usually it is accompanied with your resume and is on top of your resume when you send it to the place you would like to work at. • -PASSION and UNIQUENESS MUST be present in this letter!!! • -You must stand out! • -Sometimes employees won’t even look at the rest of your application if your cover letter sounds “boring” to them. • -I would like to share mine with you! Listen to mine. While you listen, write down some “power words” or “power ideas” that come to mind and that has me stand out in it.
Formatting Paper • Single space!!!! • 12 point font • Times New Roman • One space after periods • Margins: 1 inch on each side • DO NOT Indent!!!!!!!!!!!! the first sentence of your paragraphs (EVERYTHING IS TOWARD THE MARGINS!) • Like your resume, make sure it fits on one page. • Title of the paper is “Stacey Middle School” top line, second line” 8th Grade Interview and Portfolio Project” • Space and then center the title,“Cover Letter” • Date goes to the margin as well. You can write today’s date. • Salutation is “Dear Reader” (write this toward margin)
Throughout your paper, use transition words as glue! : • Explain to your reader/interviewer what you did your in project in detail. Use the FOURtransition words below to organize your sentence structure: DO NOT FORGET COMMAS AFTER YOUR TRANSITION STATEMENTS or WORDS (ex. At first, I had to pre-cut …..) Transition Words to choose from: -at the beginning, immediately, first, before, -secondly, also, and, and then, another, besides, but also, equally important, furthermore, further, in addition, in fact, likewise, moreover, next, nor, plus the fact that, then too, thirdly, too, after a few days, afterward, between, in the meantime, later, meanwhile, not long after, soon, then, while, about, at the same time, during, often, until, the following night -finally, last, lastly, at last, at length, eventually, thereafter, as a result, consequently, therefore, thus
Introductory Paragraph • Start your introductory paragraph with telling us who you are: • -Introduce yourself to your reader. Tell a little about who you are as a person and as a student. (CREATE A HOOK OR ANALOGY HERE!) • -Start with a HOOK/quote and then explain it. • -What is important to you as a person? • -How are you as a person? • -What is important to you as a student? • -How are you as a student?
Second Paragraph: • -Do you have hopes and aspirations for the future that would help your reader get to know you? • -Discuss your possible interests here or possible career here. Tell me why this is important to you. (Big Idea) • -What do you think your purpose is to do in your life? • -Do you want to work with children? Do you want to be a good citizen and father/mother someday? • -Do you know what college you want to go to? Do you want to go to college?
Third Paragraph • --Reflect on what you have learned in your years at Stacey Middle School. • -What were some of your weakness (but always give me a positive to counteract this) • -What were some lessons you learned in academics? What was your favorite class? • -What were some lessons you learned about yourself? Did you improve any skills? Were there any concepts that really sparked you? • -What were some lessons you learned about your friends or family? • -What did you learn about yourself? What was the Big Idea/theme you learned about yourself? • -Focus particularly on what you have learned in the 8th grade.
Fourth Paragraph • -Now that you have finished your portfolio, give a reflective analysis. • -Add anything you would like that shows your ability to analyze yourself as a reader and a writer. • -comment on some specific well done examples that you want the reader to notice. • -Explain why you think that these are good examples of the California State Content Standards. This refers to any pieces in the portfolio. • -What was the most important piece in your portfolio that you were most proud of and why?
Fifth Direction: Big Idea -Why are you ready to move on to high school and exit the eighth grade ?
Objectives/goals • Content: I will be able to persuade/support why I feel I am ready to move onto high school in a cover letter. • Language: I will use the language of SUPPORT/TRANSTION WORDS to write in my cover letter and discuss with my TPS partner. • Social: I will respectfully collaborate with my group in the computer lab.