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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 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. In 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 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.
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.
Twelfth graders examine local, state, and/or national animal welfare organization. For this Social Studies lesson, 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.
Ninth graders create real word business letters that promote goodwill and publish the letters. In this business letters lesson plan, 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.
Students practice the format and elements of business letters by writing a request letter. For 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.
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.
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.
Middle schoolers write a friendly letter to 5th graders welcoming incoming students. In this writing lesson, middle schoolers 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.