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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.
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. 
Walk your class through each step in writing an informal letter. This fabulous PowerPoint provides a great example for all parts of an informal, or personal, letter. After reviewing this presentation, your class will be ready to write  their own letters! 
Eighth graders write about the physical hardships endured by soldiers of the Civil War. They compare the losses between two communities during the Civil War. They analyze personal letters to understand what a battle was like. They develop a list of ten conclusions of the life of a volunteer soldier.
Young scholars research the life of an author then write the author a personal letter.  In this letter writing lesson, students use the Internet to find information about Carl Hiaasen, discuss the findings, and write a personal letter to him to find out information not discovered in the research.
Students brainstorm at least ten ways that people communicate (e-mail, instant messaging, Internet chat rooms, personal letters, business letters, faxes, telephone, text messaging, speaking, etc.). They experience the influence of personal documents on history and write, edit and revise personal letters.
Student respond to a teacher questionnaire using personal letter format. They reveal their composition skills, organization, sentence structure and mechanics in the activity for the beginning of the year. They word process the friendly letters after using an online tool.
Students listen to the teacher read a book entitled, Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. In groups, students create KWL charts concerning the book, the author, and the author's writing style. In groups, students research topics about the book and its author. They write personal letters to Mr. Hiaasen which pose questions to the author. Students share their letters with their peers. Additional activities are listed in the lesson plan.
Students write personal letters, newspaper editorials, and journal entries from the perspective of one of the main characters in The Scarlet Letter.  In this The Scarlet Letter activity, students role play each of the main characters in the play and create a specific writing assignment from that character's perspective.
Students practice their letter writing skills. For this research and writing lesson, students use their research skills to find current information regarding a celebrity. Students write letters to the celebrities in a personal letter format.
After completing S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, eighth graders compose a personal letter to their teacher detailing what they liked about the novel and the activities assigned during the course of the unit. A clever way to get feedback, the approach could be used at the end of any unit.
Challenge your class to connect to the text of "Eleven" by Sandra Cisneros with this activity, which prompts them to write a personal letter from the main character's point of view. The story, prompt, and letter template are all included in the lesson in .doc and .pdf formats, so you can successfully do this activity in your classroom even without a SMARTboard. The lesson can also be used for other stories than "Eleven."
Students write both a business letter and a personal letter to Jamie Bastedo at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Center to request his presence at a drama presentation for a unit on Northern Studies: Europeans and Fur Traders, which they have studied
The PBS film, Bronx Princess, launches a study of complex parent-child relationships. Using the provided reading guide, viewers respond to clips from the film and compare Rocky and Yaa’s relationship to other parent-child relationships. After a review of the format of the personal letter, class members compose a letter to a parent or loved one. The richly detailed plan includes extensions, adaptations, and resource links.
What might motivate individuals to leave their ancestral homes and travel to a new country? Using the provided decision-making chart, eight graders read three primary source documents about the new Carolina colonies (two advertisements and one letter home), and consider how each author’s purpose influences the content and focus of the document. For homework, individuals imagine they have moved to a new home, and then craft their own ad and personal letter.
Students compare the antitrust case against Microsoft with other historic antitrust cases. After exploring the notions of capitalism, monopolies and trusts, students examine the current case against Microsoft.
Here's a fresh approach that combines research, business and personal letter writing, and creative story telling. Student groups research different decades in the life of a famous Japanese astronomer. They then craft a decade fact sheet, business and personal letters, and a character sketch. Although the writing activities focus on the life of Yuji Hyakuatake, the discoverer of a comet, any famous person could be substituted.
Students learn and practice using a computer. They complete a checklist as they complete each item on the list. During the first session, students demonstrate competency with a mouse, identify icons and menus on the desk top as well as launch programs. Students create and print a greeting card.
Students read online information and identify relevant information about a particular dinosaur species, assume the personality of a specific dinosaur species, and write online "getting to know you" letters to other student-dinosaurs in the class. They study and write the basic parts of a personal letter. They swap letters and write replies.
Students write a friendly letter to 5th graders welcoming incoming students. In this writing instructional activity, students identify the five parts of a friendly letter, write a friendly letter to a current 5th grader, and perform a peer review and self-assessment according to the rubric.

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