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Patricia MacLachlan's novel Sarah, Plain and Tall serves as an excellent tool for examining point of view. During reading, the class thinks about how characters feel. Just before the climax of the novel, they write friendly letters to Sarah from the point of view of Anna or Caleb. A rubric, sample letter, and optional extension activities appear at the end of this resource.
Students practice the format and elements of business letters by writing a request letter. In 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.
Although rarely used these days, letter writing is still a form of writing reviewed in schools. After examining written letters, middle schoolers discuss characteristics of a formal letter and its parts. They choose a famous person to write to and prepare a letter in a formal style. After they finish writing, they read their letters to the class.
Third graders learn the importance of letter writing for communication. In this letter writing lesson, 3rd graders identify how letter writing was important in the life of Abigail Adams. Students understand what a primary source is and that letter writing is a primary source. Students describe an important event in their lives.
In this language arts worksheet, students learn to form both upper and lower case DeNelian letters A-Z. Students trace the dotted examples of each letter and words that begin with that letter. Students then form their own examples on the lines. There are 26 pages here; one for each letter of the alphabet.
The basic structure of a useful lesson in formal letter writing is here, but there are no procedural details or support materials to implement it. However, the idea is worth pursuing, to help your learners develop a strong understanding of why we use formal language in certain settings and how to identify, compare, and use language of varying degrees of formality to concrete effect.