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Students practice the format and elements of business letters by writing a request letter. In this business letter lesson plan, 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.
Students improve writing skills by expanding their self-perceptions. Next, they develop idea lists for writing topics. Their ideas become the basis for a class newspaper. following the creation of a group composition, students write brief descriptions of family members. The lesson also includes the use of writing to improve grammar, usage, and mechanics skills.
Explore persuasive writing skills. Budding authors will research a US President and persuade the National Park Service to add him to Mt. Rushmore. In addition to the persuasive essay, individuals are required to develop a visual presentation using a web-based software that they then present to their class.
Develop letter-writing skills by adapting appropriate language conventions according to context. Young authors will write standard friendly and business letters, and send a business e-mail to a state's Department of Tourism to request information. This could be made into a unit to promote communication skills.
Learners improve their writing skills through the use of journal writings from the Civil War. In this writing skills lesson, students visit websites about the Civil War and review journal formats. Learners review sentence and writing skills and work in groups to write a journal entry using their research.
Build creative writing skills through a project centered around a street name. Young writers start by creating a unique street name and brainstorming what life might be like on that street before writing a descriptive piece about this fictional place. A great jumping-off point, this lesson plan may need to be supplemented with some specific structured activities.
Use Microsoft Publisher to create a brochure tracing the path blood flows through the body. Working in cooperative groups, seventh graders use creative writing skills to create a "travel" brochure written from the viewpoint of a drop of blood. This would be a great cross-curricular activity between science and language arts.
Use this cross-curricular history lesson to work on your students' informational writing skills. After listening to songs and stories related to Sultana, they engage in a several activities to boost their understanding of slavery and agricultural practice prior to and after the Civil War. Finally, learners compile research and write a two-page informational essay. This resource is twenty pages long and includes everything you'll need.
Ninth graders write a response to "What is an essay?" They share their answers with the class. The teacher goes through the general process of writing an essay. They review essay writing terms and techniques. Students read a source article on UNICEF's involvement in the water contamination problem in Bangladesh and write a persuasive essay to argue a position on a related question.
Given the two-sentence skeleton of a news story about a car theft/joy ride, budding writers create their own version of the story varying diction and sentence structure to heighten interest and complexity in their writing. Resource provides strong and plentiful supports, many reproducible, to scaffold the work. Your nascent journalists practice combining, rewriting, and expanding sentences for complexity, voice, and accuracy.