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Pupils 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.
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.
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.
Students write a business letter with information regarding specific writing mechanics. For this writing lesson, 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.
Students write a friendly letter. In this communication lesson, students write letters to mushers. Students 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. 
Students 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.
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 instructional activity, 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.
Improve writing skills while teaching students the importance of expressing gratitude.
After completing Jane Yolen’s Briar Rose, class members assume the voice of Gemma and craft a personal letter to her granddaughter telling Becca how she feels about Becca’s actions and the discoveries at Chelmno. Complete directions for the letter writing activity are included, as is a sample letter. “Time may heal all wounds, but it does not erase the scars.”
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.
Students 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."
Students investigate different types of animals in a unique way. They use a variety of resources to find information. Students read a story about an iguana and then write their own letters using a character of an animal found in the research.
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.
Help your pupils sharpen their letter writing skills. They compose business letters that include greetings, headings, closings, and a professional tone for a philanthropic organization requesting information. Use this resource to reinforce the importance of formal writing versus informal writing.
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 develop an advocacy plan to address a health-related need for a local, national or global health problem. Students write a detailed letter as part of their advocacy plan.
Students write a friendly letter. They read the book YOKO's Paper Cranes by Rosemary Wells. Students work in small groups to make paper cranes. They display the letters and paper cranes, after a week of display they are mailed to friends or family members who live far away.
Students develop an advocacy plan to address a heal-related issue. After choosing a health care issue, students working in small groups, research their issue and come up with a plan to help solve or ease the problem. The group writes letters to a community group explaining their position and advocating for change.
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.
To celebrate National Poetry Month, young writers focus on the role letter writing has played in the development of poets. They begin by journaling three to five associations to a writing prompt that requires them to identify their personal writing voice. Each budding author chooses one of the five suggested poets to write a letter to; they read and parse out meaningful lines from that poet's work. Next, they discuss their choices and use their discussion notes to draft a formal letter to their poet. Note: The lesson is one in a series focused on developing and understanding poetic voice.

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