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Letter Writing Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Beef up your instruction on letter writing with the help of a Study.com text lesson and an in-class activity. Suggestions for supplementary activities and related lessons are included to take instruction further.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify the elements of a letter
  • apply the elements to compose a personal letter

Length

30 minutes to 1 hour

Materials

  • Whiteboard or chalkboard
  • Dry erase markers or chalk
  • Notebook paper
  • Pens or pencils
  • Red, blue, green, yellow, purple, and pink markers
  • Tablet, computer, or projector to access lesson

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)

Key Vocabulary

  • Heading
  • Greeting
  • Body
  • Closing
  • Signature
  • Postscript

Instructions

  • Have students use notebook paper and pens/pencils to pen a letter to a friend explaining what they did over summer break.
  • Now ask students to read the Study.com text lesson How to Write a Friendly Letter: Format, Parts & Example in its entirety.
  • As the students are reading the lesson, write the following words on the board:
    • HEADING - Red
    • GREETING - Blue
    • BODY - Green
    • CLOSING - Yellow
    • SIGNATURE - Purple
    • POSTSCRIPT - Pink
  • When all students have finished reading the lesson, place them in pairs.
  • Have the pairs exchange the letters that they wrote to their friend about summer break.
  • Now have the students identify the parts of a letter in their partner's letter by underlining the elements according to the color designations written on the board.
  • Once the pairs have finished identifying the parts of a letter with the appropriate colors, have students rework their letters to include any elements that were missing.
  • When all students have completed their revised letters, have them take the quiz associated with the lesson on Study.com.

Extensions

  • Partner with a class in another school to create a pen pal program where students exchange monthly letters.
  • Ask students to write a letter to their favorite celebrity or politician.

Related Lessons

How to Write a Thank You Letter to a Teacher

The Cover Letter: Importance, Details & Format

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