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Draft Letters: Improving Student Writing through Critical Thinking
|Grades||9 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Minilesson|
|Estimated Time||50 minutes|
Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing & Publishing Prose
The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters for both styles of correspondence.
- Students must have completed a piece of writing that they are ready to submit to a reader. Any piece of writing will work. Ideally, this activity is folded into writing workshop structure so that students compose the letter for the pieces that they share with others. It can also be used at various stages in major writing projects (e.g., a research paper unit). The letter can be used with any composition—texts, visual arguments, PowerPoint presentations, Web pages, and so forth.
- Make copies or transparencies of the sample draft letters and the reflection questions.
- Test the Letter Generator on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.