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Who's Got Mail? Using Literature to Promote Authentic Letter Writing

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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
Lesson Author

Renee Goularte

Renee Goularte

Magalia, California


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives





  • 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

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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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  • 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.

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