Writing Friendly Letters

Designed by Mrs. Kenzig, occupational therapist, Mentor Schools.

Description

This lesson might be used to develop letter writing skills.

Grade Level(s):   Grade 2     Grade 3     Grade 4     Grade 5     Grade 6     Grade 7     Grade 8     Grade 9     Grade 10     Grade 11     Grade 12    

Subject Area(s):   Language Arts     Technology    

Curriculum Standards

Academic Content Standards (2002 Ohio Department of Education):

Ø      English Language Arts, Writing Applications:

Ø      Grade Three, 3. Write formal and informal letters (e.g., thank you notes, letters of request) that include relevant information and date, proper salutation, body, closing and signature.

Ø      Grade Four, 3. Write formal and informal letters (e.g., thank you notes, letters of request) that follow letter format (e.g., date, proper salutation, body, closing and signature), include important information and demonstrate a sense of closure.

Ø      Grade 11, Produce letters (e.g., business, letters to the editor, job applications) that follow the conventional style appropriate to the text and that include appropriate details, exclude extraneous details and inconsistencies.

The National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) http://cnets.iste.org/students/s_stands.html

3. Technology productivity tools

    1. Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts, and other audiences.
    2. Students use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences.

  1. Technology research tools
    1. Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources.
    2. Students use technology tools to process data and report results.
    3. Students evaluate and select new information resources and technological innovations based on the appropriateness for specific tasks.

Detailed Plan

Introduction: Notes and letters encourage writing and reading at any age! A picture, a heart and an initial communicate as much as a letter. Families can model how to do this, by sitting together to write greetings, news or thank you notes. Encourage them to add to your notes, or write their own. After special events, or just on an ordinary day, write it down, share some of yourself help your child to do the same. Below is a lesson we have used at school.

 

Goals: Plan and write a friendly letter, write a paragraph with a topic sentence and two supporting sentences in a friendly letter format. Use graphic organization software to outline/web for prewriting. Body of letter may be typed using word processor such as Dana Alpha Smarts, communication devices, or handwritten.

 

Objectives:

Prewrite a web and/or outline.

Write neatly/legibly in handwriting, or type

Observe margins and spacing

Use friendly letter format.

Write a paragraph with topic sentence and at least two other sentences to support topic.

Learn social skills (reciprocity and gratitude expression).

 

Lesson includes teacher describing what should be included and showing examples. Letter writer to consider person being addressed, formal/informal styles, greetings and closing, letter formats. Write supporting sentences; for thank you notes, you might discuss how and why gift matters to you, reflect on gift and/or giver, may use phrase it’s the thought that counts. Discuss reciprocal nature of gift and communication; discuss how to say thank you, even if it is not your favorite gift.

 

Materials: This lesson is planned for using Smart Board or overhead. Smart Board is preferred, for demonstrating on line research and formatting method. Plan ahead for student access to writing materials/devices.

 

Assist students as necessary to make a web/outline student’s ideas, coach for margins, indent, spaces and format as needed, in writing as necessary.  Web with Kidspiration or Inspiration software—students to use prepared web template saved on classroom hard drive desktop (PC), titled Letters.

Links

Letters--description of thank you note writing and examples

Letters--learn to write letters with this online tutorial for students Letters--online to US troops Letters--teacher reference site for emailing other students.

Evaluation

Writing Friendly Letters Rubric

Name: ________________________

Teacher:

Date Submitted: ____________

Title of Work: ___________________

 

Criteria

Points

 

4

3

2

1

 

Main/Topic Idea Sentence

Main/Topic idea sentence is clear, correctly placed, and is restated in the closing sentence.

Main/Topic idea sentence is either unclear or incorrectly placed, and is restated in the closing sentence.

Main/Topic idea sentence is unclear and incorrectly placed, and is restated in the closing sentence.

Main/Topic idea sentence is unclear and incorrectly placed, and is not restated in the closing sentence.

____

Supporting Detail Sentence(s)

Paragraph(s) have three or more supporting detail sentences that relate back to the main idea.

Paragraph(s) have two supporting detail sentences that relate back to the main idea.

Paragraph(s) have one supporting detail sentence that relate back to the main idea.

Paragraph(s) have no supporting detail sentences that relate back to the main idea.

____

Friendly letter format

Date, Closing and signature line are tabbed equally at extreme right indent (at/ near 5 inches), indented greeting, paragraphs.

All indent are equal or some unequal.

Indentations are incorrect or absent.

____

Legibility

Legible handwriting, typing, or printing.

Marginally legible handwriting, typing, or printing.

Writing is not legible in places.

Writing is not legible.

____

Mechanics and Grammar

Paragraph has few or no errors in punctuation, capitalization, and spelling. Student shows evidence of prewriting web or outline.

 

 

Paragraph has few or no errors in punctuation, capitalization, and spelling.

Paragraph has three to five punctuation, capitalization, and spelling errors.

Paragraph has six or more punctuation, capitalization, and spelling errors.

____

 

 

 

 

Total---->

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 Teacher Comments: 


Rubric Reference:TeAch-nology.com- The Web Portal For Educators! (www.teach-nology.com)

 

Technology Integration

Students are encouraged use computer software Kidspiration or Inspiration to graphically organize when prewriting. Students in upper grades are to word process, spell and grammar check their final copy. Students using communication devices may seek help from speech therapist and classroom aide for programming of typical greetings and closings and will have assistance as needed to interface with computers for completing work. Online references and tutorials are listed for instruction, student use and/or  extension purposes. Use of Smart Board promotes visual learning/demonstration during class times.