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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.
High schoolers 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.
Third graders write a friendly letter. In this writing lesson plan, 3rd graders consider audience, purpose, labeling, salutation, body, closing, and ending. Some excellent examples of friendly letters are shared with the students in a whole-group setting. Then, students try their hand at writing a letter.
Students listen to the story about  a naughty dog who writes to his owner in letter form. In this writing a letter lesson, students pretend to write to a character in the story and practice their literacy skills. Students then create a welcome home card.
What is the difference between formal and informal letter writing? Who gets a formal letter? What about an informal letter? This reference page presents different introductions and phrases you might see in each type of letter, and then writers are encouraged to write an informal letter to a friend or family member. 
Learners write a letter and address an envelope to send. In this letter writing lesson plan, students write a friendly letter, send the letter with the correct address on it, and receive letters sent to their classroom.
In this letter writing worksheet, students read a draft of a letter and a revised draft. Students note the details that make the letter more interesting to read. Students are tasked to write a letter to a newspaper on an issue they have interest in.
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.
Students write a letter. For this writing lesson, students read Love Letters by Arnold Adoff and discuss each one. Students write a love letter to someone they appreciate.
Learners write formal letters to the circus. In this letter writing lesson plan, 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. 
The PBS film, Bronx Princess, launches a study of complex parent-child relationships. Using the provided reading guide, viewers respond to clips from the film and compare Rocky and Yaa’s relationship to other parent-child relationships. After a review of the format of the personal letter, class members compose a letter to a parent or loved one. The richly detailed plan includes extensions, adaptations, and resource links.
Sixth graders identify the forms of business and friendly letters as well as edit and write their own business letter. In this letter writing lesson, 6th graders review the forms and differing structures of friendly letters and business letters. Students then edit sample business letters. Students select the version of business letter they prefer and write a mock business letter.
Students learn to check and evaluate their letter writing skills using a checklist created during interactive writing sessions. The lesson provides students with criteria for good letter writing and serves as an evaluation tool for teachers and students.
Second graders write a letter.  In this writing lesson plan, 2nd graders review the elements of a friendly letter, write a friendly letter, type their letters, and add pictures to their letter.
Students examine the components of a persuasive business letter. In this persuasive business letter writing lesson, students participate in a lesson that shows the parts of a persuasive business letter on overhead transparencies. They learn the parts and edit a lesson on the overhead.
Second graders read various published friendly letters, write to pen-pals in another city and create a book of letters to Jenna, a new baby in our school community. They use a checklist and they proof read and self-corrected their work.
Students write a letter of advice and encouragement. In this letter writing lesson, students write a letter to Despereaux. Students give advice and offer encouragement. Students proofread each other's work. Students use symbols from the book to decorate their paper.
Students write a Father's Day letter. In this friendly letter writing lesson, students brainstorm a list of parent responsibilities, then write three specific ways their fathers care for them. Students share learning experiences they have had with their father after the teacher describes how she now understands rules set by her father. Students write a friendly letter to their father including personal information and stories.
Readers write a formal letter to an author offering an alternative ending to a story the author has written. First, the class reads a story or novel. Upon finishing the reading, they are introduced to the format of a formal letter. They then write a letter to the author suggesting an alternative ending. Final letters are either mailed or stored in student portfolios.
Students discover the art of writing letters. In this writing lesson, students read letters written by President Harry Truman and then write a series of their own letters that would give insight into the times in which they live.

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