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Letter Writing and Snail Mail Relay
Use proper letter format and grammar to participate in a mail relay. After completing a pre-test about their knowledge of proper letter format, middle and high schoolers write letters to pupils in other high schools, which are relayed around the country. They show proper format and details to fit the intended audience.
Letter Writing Basics
Students write a business letter with information regarding specific writing mechanics. In this writing lesson plan, students learn to write a business letter and they focus on one area of concern. Students follow a business letter template and use a word processor to edit and enhance their written communication.
Communicating with Mushers and Zuma: Letter Writing Skills
Learners write a friendly letter. For this communication lesson, students write letters to mushers. Learners complete a K-W-L chart, research the Iditarod and mushers, then write a friendly letter using the steps of the writing process. Resources are provided for actual addresses of mushers.
Celebrity Letter Writing Assignment
Students create a biographical portfolio of the three important people. They write letters of request, asking for autographs of people in assorted fields. Students are explained that an autograph could be one of the following: A signature of the person, An inscription and signature of a person, A short note, handwritten or typed, signed by a person, A photograph inscribed and or signed by a person or A flat item signed by a person.
Young scholars select topic/topics of special interest and write a letter to a newspaper or government official stating their point of view and possible solutions; or write a letter to an environmental organization about their work in a particular area.
Volcanoes and Earthquakes: Letter Writing
Students prepare for natural disasters and write letters to students who have endured a natural disaster, to be included with a care package. In this natural disasters and letter writing lesson, students research types of natural disasters typical in their area and create a disaster plan. Students then collect items for care packages and write a letter to someone who has been though one.
National Thank You Month and Letter Writing
Improve writing skills while teaching students the importance of expressing gratitude.
Students write responses to literature that demonstrate an analytical view of literary characters. They write a letter as one of the characters from a recently read novel. Planning worksheet provided.
Writing Business Letters
Ninth graders create real word business letters that promote goodwill and publish the letters. In this business letters instructional activity, 9th graders discuss the idea of establishing goodwill and study the elements of a business letter. Students use graphic organizers to guide them in the letter writing process as well as use sample business letters. Students research their audience, refine their purpose, and compose the business letters.
Putting Writing Skills to Work: Writing Business Letters of Request
Students practice the format and elements of business letters by writing a request letter. In this business letter lesson, 11th graders review conventions of letter writing and brainstorm about their potential audience. Students research information for their audience, draft their letters, participate in peer revision, and type their final draft of the business letter.
Writing Letters for Human Rights
Students draft and edit a letter regarding human rights. They work in groups to select a cause, follow basic letter writing guidelines and draft a persuasive letter expressing their concerns. Students can also send the letters to a newspaper for publication or to a related government.
Salutations and Persuasive Letters
Students write friendly, business, and persuasive letters. In this letter writing lesson plan, students follow the format to writing different forms of letters.
Letters to Poets
Add a strong poetry lesson to your literature unit. Middle and high schoolers investigate their writing voices with journaling and group discussion, then choose a famous poet to study. They write letters to their chosen poets, explaining why they connect with their poets' voices. You could use any poet in this activity, but the lesson includes Robert Frost, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Pablo Neruda, William Carlos Williams, and Gwendolyn Brooks.
Dear Fifth Grader
Students write a friendly letter to 5th graders welcoming incoming students. In this writing lesson, students identify the five parts of a friendly letter, write a friendly letter to a current 5th grader, and perform a peer review and self-assessment according to the rubric.
What's a Kid to Do?
Students participate in an environmental action letter-writing campaign. They conduct Internet research on the Global Response website, discuss various successful Global Response campaigns, select a campaign they are interested in, and write a letter using specific points and facts listed on the Global Response website.
Getting our Paws into the Cause
Twelfth graders examine local, state, and/or national animal welfare organization. In this Social Studies lesson plan, 12th graders research their identified organization. Students develop a planned intervention strategy to help persuade others to take up the “cause(s)” of this group/organization using a letter-writing style or other advocacy type of their choice.
Formal Letter Writing
Young scholars write formal letters to the circus. In this letter writing lesson, students watch a video and read articles about cruelty to circus animals. They compose a formal letter persuading the circus to not reintroduce elephants to their circus.
Letter Writing: An English Language Arts Lesson For Writing/Proofreading
Ninth graders write a letter to someone who is deserving of thanks. Peer and self-editing takes place. After the writing process is completed and a copy is made for the portfolio, envelopes are distributed, addressed, sealed, and mailed.
Young scholars read and review business letters and informal letters and evaluate the different components necessary for each type of letter. They write a business and an informal letter then convert a business to an informal letter and vice versa. They complete a "Letter if Complaint Planning Sheet."
Formal Letter Writing
Students explore the appropriate language and format associated with a formal letter. They practice writing a formal letter concerning an environmental health issue. Students identify the strengths/weaknesses of a formal letter through peer evaluation.