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A Genre Study of Letters With The Jolly Postman

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A Genre Study of Letters With The Jolly Postman

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lisa Storm Fink

Lisa Storm Fink

Urbana, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives





  • The Jolly Postman and Other People's Letters by Janet Ahlberg and Allen Ahlberg  (Little Brown, 1986)

  • Paper and pencil

  • Examples of letters

  • Picture Books That Feature Letters

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Letter Generator

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Letter Generator

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.


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  • Prepare chart paper for a class Letter Attributes Chart.

  • Make copies of the Type of Letter Worksheet or prepare an overhead or chart paper to record students' observations.

  • Gather sample letters to share with students during the lesson.

  • Test the Letter Generator on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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