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Learning Lessons from Letters
Writing personal correspondence offers children a chance to learn many skills beyond simple format.
To Whom It May Concern
Sixth graders identify the forms of business and friendly letters as well as edit and write their own business letter. In this letter writing lesson, 6th graders review the forms and differing structures of friendly letters and business letters. Students then edit sample business letters. Students select the version of business letter they prefer and write a mock business letter.
Putting Writing Skills To Work
Tenth graders reinforce their knowledge of the format and elements of business letters by writing a request letter. A review of effective letter writing is provided prior to an independent assignment. This helps with scaffolding the assignment for lower level students.
Check My Writing
Use this resource as an evaluation tool, or have your class assess their own letter writing skills. They will use a checklist that they create during some interactive writing sessions as criteria for their self-evaluation. Teachers can use this assignment for evaluation purposes too.
Dear Mr. Henshaw
Fifth graders read Dear Mr. Henshaw and identify the character trait of self-respect as exhibited by Leigh throughout the story. They evaluate the author's use of letters to tell the story and discuss how the story would be different if this technique was not used. Students identify at least five conventions of letter writing.
Check My Writing:Original Lesson Plan
Pupils learn to check and evaluate their letter writing skills using a checklist created during interactive writing sessions. The lesson provides students with criteria for good letter writing and serves as an evaluation tool for teachers and pupils.
Write for Change
Young scholars discuss and list injustices experienced in the novel "Hoot". They review the different ways letter writing was a part of the novel "Hoot". They choose one issue that is of concern to them and state their viewpoint on the issue. They research information that supports their viewpoint and write a letter stating and supporting their viewpoint.
Writing to a Historical Poet
Poetry is a very personal and introspective art form. Give your class the opportunity to understand how a poet's voice can speak to them on a personal level, and that every reader can respond to an author differently. After a poetic warm-up activity, the kids start writing words and thoughts that describe their feelings, then they choose one poet from a specific list that they feel speaks to them. They compose a formal letter to their poet that explains why they felt the poem made an impact on them.
Are you working on a letter writing unit? Use this learning exercise on addressing letters to help your second graders' letters get to the right place! Each section helps students write out the address, return address, and message of a postcard. For extra practice, have them send their postcards home to their parents!
The Mail Race
Students create friendly letters and surveys to other schools. In this letter writing lesson, students format friendly letters to other school and request a reply. Students chart the replies on a map and share information from the questionnaire.
Dear Peter Rabbit
Write dear old Peter Rabbit a letter with this lesson. First, youngsters listen to the story Peter Rabbit and analyze the story elements. Then they complete a story map graphic organizer in order to write a letter to Peter Rabbit using the online templates. Related art and technology activities are also offered here.
Writing Business Letters
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.
Writing: A Friendly Letter
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.
Basic Letter Response to a Writing Prompt
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.
Preparing a Personal Letter
Students examine the parts of a personal letter. In this language arts lesson, students view examples of personal letters and write a personal letter.
Narrative Literature Response Letters: Original Lesson Plan
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.
Love Letters:Using imagery to convey feelings
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.
Love Letters: Using imagery to convey feelings
Students write a descriptive love letter. In this letter writing lesson, 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.
Business Letters: Writing a Letter of Complaint
Students 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.
Writing a V-Mail Letter
High schoolers investigate the challenges of delivering vast amounts of servicemen mail during World War II. In this historical perspectives lesson, 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.