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Friendly Letter Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Use this Study.com lesson to teach your students about the components of a friendly letter. Students will play a game reinforcing key concepts, then practice creating a friendly letter in groups.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify components of friendly letter
  • work cooperatively in groups
  • write a friendly letter with appropriate components

Length:

  • 1 hour

Materials

  • Chart paper
  • Friendly letters, cut into sections (greeting, body, signature, etc.)
  • Highlighters

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.1

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.2

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

Instructions

  • Begin by having students read our Study.com lesson How to Write a Friendly Letter: Format, Parts & Example.
  • Instruct students to highlight each component of a friendly letter in a different color, then use the same color to highlight that component in the sample letter included in our lesson.
  • Ask:
    • What is the purpose of a friendly letter?
    • Name some times when friendly letters might be written.
    • Why are there specific parts or components in a friendly letter?
    • How would it impact friendly letters if a component was missing?
  • Create a chart listing the components of a friendly letter with the class.

Activity

  • Play a 'Seat Swap' game to get students moving and regrouped. Hand each student a section from the prepared, cut-apart letters. Have them find the other four parts of their letter and stand together.
  • Instruct students to assemble their letter and read it together. Next, they should think of a response to the letter and construct it, making sure to include each piece.
  • After writing the draft on paper, students can transfer the letter to chart paper.
  • Have students share the two letters with the class. Ask for feedback and evaluation.
  • Ask students to write the five parts of a friendly letter on an exit slip.

Extensions

  • Connect with students in a different part of the country or world and exchange friendly letters.
  • Explore formal and informal language used in different types of letters.
  • Have students buddy with younger students or members of a senior-citizens group and exchange friendly letters.
  • Write friendly letters to members of the armed services.

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