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Friendly Letter 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.
Advocacy Through Letter Writing
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 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.
Advocacy Through Letter Writing
Learners 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.
Letter Writing: Social Action Project
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.
YOKO'S PAPER CRANES: Literature-Based Activities of Research, Letter Writing and OrigamiBACK TO SEARCH RESULTS
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.
Dear Mrs. LaRue; Letter Writing
Students listen to the story about a naughty dog who writes to his owner in letter form. For 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.
Letter Writng and Snalil Mail Relay
Eighth graders observe and demonstrate how to write letters using the modified block format. They examine and discuss the components of a modified block-letter, and write and send a letter to a former teacher using proper form and punctuation.
Writing Formal and Informal Letters
Third graders write a thank-you note and a formal letter of request that included relevant information, such as a return address, date, inside address, proper salutation, body, closing, and signature. They write an imaginary letter to fairytale characters, asking them to grant a wish, reveal a secret, become a friend, and etc.
Students create a business letter using "Letter Generator". In this letter writing lesson plan, students use a computer program to learn what the proper business letter consists of. After the instruction, the students are self guided with the computer program, and can be self paced.
LETTERS TO JENNA
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.
Letters of Advice and Encouragement
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.
Writing an Informal Letter
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.
Making a Letter Better
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.
How Would You Feel?
Sixth graders put themselves in the shoes of aborigines who were displaced from their homes in the 1800s by Europeans who came in and took their land from them. They discuss the social injustices suffered by these people, and write a persuasive letter (taking the perspective of an aborigine) expressing the unfairness of the situation. Finally, a debate is staged with half of the class taking the side of the Canadian government, and half of the class taking the side of the aborigines.
Flat Stanley's Travels
Students explore exchanging information through letter writing. In this cross curriculum geography and literacy lesson, students listen to the book Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown. Students form co-operative groups and write letters to friends and relatives around the country asking them to "show Stanley" important landmarks and unique traits of their town. Participants mail back a letter and souvenirs which the groups use as a basis for oral presentations.
Writing Good Emails
Is there a difference between a written letter and an email? Prepare little learners for a life of online communication with a lesson on what makes an email, email etiquette, and letter writing. First they determine the differences between letters and emails, then they identify the key components of each, and finally they draft and edit an email. If teaching Common Core, please be sure to check the stated standard alignment for accuracy.
"In God We Trust": The Camden Man Who Put the Missing Motto on the Dollar Bill
Here is a fascintating lesson which relates how the motto "In God We Trust" came to appear on all US currency. It turns out that a man from Arkansas came up with the idea and petioned his congressman and President Eisenhower himself to make this idea into a law. It became one! Many of the letters written by this person appear in the lesson, which is a terrific example of the power of the written word. A great history and writing lesson!
Giving Thanks for Food and Farms
Sarah Stewart’s The Gardener and Food from Farms by Nancy Dickmann display the importance of community farms. After reading these short picture books, class members draw connections between farms and the food we eat each day. As a closing activity, pupils write and illustrate a thank you card. If there are farms in your county or region, you could mail these letters.
Letters From the Front Lines
High schoolers read a variety of letters from soliders who were on the front lines during World War II. After viewing an excerpt from "The War", they answer discussion and comprehension questions based on the letters and video. To end the instructional activity, they pretend they are a solider during the war and write a letter home to their families.