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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.
Oh the joys of love! As a special Valentine's Day assignment, budding authors research the life of one of the most romantic poets, Keats. They read the letter, "To Fanny Brawne, 13 October 1819," then compose a love letter of their own. What a great way to incorporate creative writing, literature, Internet research and Valentine's Day.
Young scholars examine the components of a persuasive business letter. In this persuasive business letter writing instructional activity, students participate in a instructional activity that shows the parts of a persuasive business letter on overhead transparencies. They learn the parts and edit a instructional activity on the overhead.
Engage your English learners with this resource. To begin, learners describe a map to a partner. After a vocabulary exercise and a jumbled letter activity, pupils are asked to write their own letter. The letter reading and writing activities encourage the use of phrases that express attitude and emotion. This plan includes all necessary materials as well as an answer key.
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 letter to a parent or loved one. The richly detailed plan includes extensions, adaptations, and resource links.
Students read online information and identify relevant information about a particular dinosaur species, assume the personality of a specific dinosaur species, and write online "getting to know you" letters to other student-dinosaurs in the class. They study and write the basic parts of a personal letter. They swap letters and write replies.
Why shouldn't you smoke? Emerging learners of all ages research facts about smoking and its impact on our health. They write a persuasive and friendly letter encouraging a friend not to smoke. This is especially interesting for older grades to complete, as the opportunity to smoke will arise more for this population.
Develop letter-writing skills by adapting appropriate language conventions according to context. Young authors will write standard friendly and business letters, and send a business e-mail to a state's Department of Tourism to request information. This could be made into a unit to promote communication skills.