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Core Knowledge Foundation

Unit 6: The Reformation

For Teachers 5th Standards
Over three weeks, fifth graders read about and discuss the Reformation which saw religion and politics shift across Europe. Following daily readings, young scholars practice spelling, grammar, and morphology skills such as prefixes,...
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Core Knowledge Foundation

First Grade Skills Unit 5

For Teachers 1st Standards
Twenty-two lessons make up a unit that focuses on first-grade skills. Scholars examine spelling alternatives—their rules and patterns, practice tricky spelling and high-frequency words, explore plural nouns and sentences, read a...
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Lesson Planet Article
Curated OER

Rediscovering the Lost Art of Letter Writing

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Writers engage with both past and present experiences to compose a letter during Write to a Friend Month.
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PPT
Curated OER

The Big Bad Wolf and the Friendly Letter

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
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...
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PPT
Curated OER

How to Set Out an Informal Letter

For Teachers 3rd - 10th
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...
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Curated OER

Socratic Seminar

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
To conclude their study of the letters of Abigail Adams, class members engage in a Socratic seminar where they discuss her writings and what her letters reveal about her.
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Modern Day Editing

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed Standards
Abigail Adams' letters reveal how the English language has changed and become more standardized over the last 200 years. To underscore this point, pupils edit one of Adams' letters
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Abigail as Mother (Part II)

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed Standards
Different tones for different audiences. That's the big idea behind the second instructional activity in a two-part series that reveals Abigail Adams as a mother. Scholars examine letters Abigail Adams wrote to her sons, John Quincy...
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Abigail as Mother (Part 1)

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed Standards
In part one of a two-part series, scholars compare two of Abigail Adams' letters: one to her son and the other to her daughter. Researchers use the provided worksheets to contrast evidence of the tone and themes in the two letters.
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Abigail Adams and Thomas Jefferson

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed Standards
In addition to her letters to her husband, family members, and friends, Abigail Adams also wrote to key political figures of the time. In this activity, scholars examine letters Adams' wrote to and received letters from Thomas Jefferson...
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Curated OER

Abigail and Mercy

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed Standards
Scholars examine three letters from Abigail Adams to Mercy Otis Warren, compare them to previous letters in the series, and note the change in tone in these letters she writes to her friend.
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Abigail and Her Sisters

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The 10th lesson in this series has researchers examining a packet of letters from Abigail Adams to her sisters. Scholars note examples of the themes that appear throughout the letters.
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Abigail at Seventeen

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed Standards
Young historians analyze a letter 17-year-old Abigail Adams wrote to her cousin and identify the aphorism Adams used. Participants select a line from the letter and create an illustration of the aphorism.
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Abigail in Mourning

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed Standards
People deal with grief in different ways. The series of Abigail Adams' letters in this lesson reveals how she dealt with losing her mother, father, and community members. The included worksheet helps young scholars identify the tone and...
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Curated OER

Abigail in Childbirth

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Childbirth has never been easy and is not without risk, even in the 21st century. Young historians gain insight into the travails of 18th-century childbirth as they read letters between Abigail Adams and her husband about their loss of a...
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Abigail as Political and Historical Observer

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Lesson five in the series asks scholars to examine letters Abigail Adams wrote about her experiences during American Revolutionary War battles, her thoughts on slavery, and her concerns for her husband.
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Abigail as Letter Writer

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed Standards
The fourth instructional activity in the series of 16 asks researchers to analyze an exchange of letters between John and Abigail Adams for what they each valued in letter writing.
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Abigail’s Daily Life

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed Standards
Young scholars continue their analysis of Abigail Adam's letters looking in this lesson plan at what they reveal about her daily life and concerns about the increasing political tensions with the British.
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Abigail and John in Love

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The second instructional activity in the series asks groups to analyze an exchange of love letters between Abigail and John Adams. Scholars identify the many allusions and references in the letters and consider what they can infer about...
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Introduction to Abigail Adams

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Remember this lady! Abigail Adams, the wife of John Adams, the second President of the United States, and the mother of the sixth president, John Quincy Adams, was much more than a wife and mother. This prolific letter writer is the...
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K20 LEARN

Let's Mail Away!: Writing Letters

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd Standards
Scholars watch a video or listen to a story about writing letters, then discuss their importance. A scavenger hunt challenges them to identify common elements of friendly letters and create an anchor chart. Pupils write letters to a...
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Lesson Plan
K20 LEARN

Allow Me To Introduce Myself: Writing A Letter Of Introduction

For Teachers 8th Standards
"Who am I?" is not only a great philosophical question that requires a lot of reflection but is also at the heart of a letter of introduction. The challenge, of course, is figuring out where to start. Middle schoolers get a little help...
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Workforce Solutions

Thank You Letters

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
An important step in the job search process is sending a thank you note to any professional that has been of help. First, pupils discuss the etiquette of thank you notes, then draft a practice letter.
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Activity
American Museum of Natural History

Make Your Own Marine Biology Stationary

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Encourage letter writing with marine biology-themed stationary. Three versions showcase a variety of underwater creatures.