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Learners write a letter of advice and encouragement. In this letter writing lesson, students write a letter to Despereaux. Learners give advice and offer encouragement. Students proofread each other's work. Learners use symbols from the book to decorate their paper.
Students write a Father's Day letter. In this friendly letter writing lesson, students brainstorm a list of parent responsibilities, then write three specific ways their fathers care for them. Students share learning experiences they have had with their father after the teacher describes how she now understands rules set by her father. Students write a friendly letter to their father including personal information and stories.
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.
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.
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!
Ninth graders use prior knowledge in order to connect with the new writing concept presented in this lesson. They compose original business letters that are aligned with a specific rubric for completion.
Students practice writing career oriented letters and filling out job applications. As a class, they review the proper ways to make citations and identify the difference between the various types of letter formats. They use peer editing to check for spelling and punctuation errors.
Students examine the parts of a personal letter. In this language arts lesson plan, students view examples of personal letters and write a personal letter.
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.
Students respond to a writing prompt using appropriate letter format. In this letter writing lesson, students discuss the format for letter writing and use the worksheet format to write the heading, inside address, and salutation. Students use the given prompt to write the prompt.
Students write a descriptive love letter. In this letter writing instructional activity, students listen to the story Love Letters by Arnold Adoff and discuss the main idea, tone, and imagery. They write their own love letter to a real person or as an imaginary letter between imaginary characters. 
Students practice writing a friendly letter to the teacher as a method of reviewing a book. They write a three paragraph report on a book that they read in friendly letter format.
Students, after listening to Arnold Adoff's Love Letters, write and share their own love letters. They analyze his letters for their main ideas, tone, imagery and the author's strategies for reaching other people's inner feelings.
Eleventh graders examine the issues that society faced in the United States during World War II.  In this American History lesson, 11th graders create a letter to a soldier during this period.  Students participate in a pair share activity with their letters. 
Students listen to the book, Mole's Hill, and identify the problems and solutions in the story. They choose characters from the book and write letters using Interactive Writing procedures, then create a display of the setting of the story.
Learners analyze the language features and layout of a letter and discuss the language used to describe the features. They write a letter of complaint, requesting that the problem be fixed, using the appropriate language and layout.
Students investigate the challenges of delivering vast amounts of servicemen mail during World War II. In this historical perspectives instructional activity, students determine how to solve the problem that the postal service faced during the war and write their own letters from the perspective of American servicemen in the war.
This letter writing PowerPoint demonstrates the parts of a friendly letter. In this PowerPoint, students view a diagram of the parts of a friendly letter.
Pupils are read the book "Mole Hill" by their teacher. As a class, they identify whether statements are true or false based on the story. They also examine any problems or solutions mentioned and identify points to write a letter. To end the lesson, they write a letter based on an idea from the book.
Learners 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 lesson, they pretend they are a solider during the war and write a letter home to their families.

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