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|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Who’s Got Mail? Using Literature to Promote Authentic Letter Writing
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Three 50-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Writing materials, decorative stationery, envelopes, and postage stamps
- Copies of The Gardener by Sarah Stewart
- Copies of Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James
- Chart paper and markers
- Sheet of construction paper
- A container to hold letters waiting for mailing by the postal service, or an actual mailbox if letters will be distributed within the school only
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.
- Determine whether students will be writing letters by hand or using the Letter Generator (or a combination of the two). If students will be using the Letter Generator, arrange for access to Internet-connected computers with printers for the appropriate sessions.
- Obtain all necessary letter-writing materials.
- Obtain copies of The Gardener and Dear Mr. Blueberry.
- Print a copy of the Letter Generator to share with students.
- Make copies of the Letter Writing Checklist.
- If students will be using the interactive tool, 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.