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Writing a V-Mail Letter
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.
Writing A Letter Using the Book Mole's Hill
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.
Letters Home from China
Students imagine themselves to be traveling with the trade mission group in china. Using information from the Minnesota-China Connection weblog updates, students write a letter to a designated audience as if they were on the trip themselves.
A Friendly Letter in December
Celebrate December’s Write to a Friend month by having your students write friendly letters.
Using a Computer to Write a Letter- Nouns- Vocabulary Skills
This nicely-done computer based letter writing worksheet has learners fill in each blank with a noun from the word bank. There are 20 sentences. They complete instructions for writing a letter using the computer, and use words such as operating system, document, spell checker, envelope, and monitor.
When to Write a Letter
Students practice their letter writing skills by reading Cinderella in class. For this language arts lesson, students discuss homonyms and are asked to write sentences using both definitions of specific homonyms. Students read Cinderella and letters associated with the story while examining the differences between formal and informal letter writing.
Write letters responding to text
Young scholars write letters responding to the shared reading text that they read. In this letter writing lesson plan, students review the proper form of a letter, and write a letter reflecting on the text that they read as a class.
What a fantastic resource to guide youngsters in persuasive letter writing. They read a brief letter to the editor and answer question about the author's purpose, word choice, and structure. Next, scholars draft their own letter by gathering facts and opinions about the environmental issue from the example letter. They choose to either support the writer's opinion or argue a different stance. All the graphic organizers you will need are here!
Expressing Your Views to the Letter
Analyze the motivation, purpose, and value of letters to the editor by examining letters written in response to the violence at Columbine High School. For homework, middle and high schoolers write their own letters to the editor about an article titled "Suspect in L.A. Shootings Surrenders to F.B.I" from the New York Times. Note: You could use a less-dated article to bring current events to your language arts lesson. The featured article is from 1999.
Reading Historical Children's Letters: Persuasive letters, Industrialization, Great Depression, and Japanese Internment
Students investigate the lives of American children of the past. In this historical perspectives lesson, students explore several primary sources available from the Library of Congress to conduct personal inquiry to determine how historical children's letters have influenced adult actions in different historical time periods.
Letters to Next Year's Students
Third graders explore the concept of letter writing. For this letter writing lesson, 3rd graders write letters to the next year's students. Student use their knowledge about letter writing to write a meaningful letter, helping to calm the fears of the new students.
The Big Bad Wolf and the Friendly Letter
A terrific presentation on the teaching of friendly letter writing. Learners engage in a PowerPoint that is part story, part writing exercise. There are lots of great tips on how to construct a letter, and young writers are encouraged to write a letter to one of the characters in the story. Very imaginative!
Anti-Smoking Letter Writing Campaign
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.
Let's Write-Letter Writing
Students write friendly letters to pen pals, including a self-portrait done on KidPix. They also get the letter ready to send by addressing the envelope and placing the correct postage on it.
Technology-Based Lesson on Letter Writing
Second graders discuss the non-verbal ways to communicate. They word process letters to their teachers expressing five of their favorite things to do after school. They set up e-mail and send their letters to an e-pal.
Oedipus the King: Personal Letter-writing Assignment
Students write letters from the perspective of a character from Oedipus the King. In this Oedipus the King lesson, students analyze and evaluate characters from the play and write two personal letters from a character in the play.
Letter Writing Accuracy
Students develop letter writing fluency. In this letter writing lesson, students write alphabet letters. Students work individually to develop letter writing automaticity.
Persuasive Letter Writing
Learners write a persuasive letter. In this persuasive letter writing lesson, students review the standard business form letter and the elements included. Learners discuss ways to persuade in writing and write a short letter persuading another student to buy an object. Students then write a persuasive letter to a specific company asking them to stop cutting down the rainforest.
Letter Writing - Formal
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.
In the News
Third graders write formal letters to a newspaper editor. In this lesson on newspapers, 3rd graders spend time reading informational news stories and sharing their opinion in a formal letter to the editor. This lesson integrates reading and writing while allowing students the freedom to express their opinion.