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Sí, Se Puede: Making a Difference, One Letter at a Time

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Sí, Se Puede: Making a Difference, One Letter at a Time

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Cathy Allen Simon

Cathy Allen Simon

Urbana, Illinois

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Printouts

Websites

Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

  • ˇSi, Se Puede!/Yes, We Can!: Janitor Strike in L.A by Diana Cohn
  • Chart paper/white board and markers
  • Computers with Internet access (for each student, if possible)
  • Letter to the Editor from local or national newspaper of your choosoing (make an overhead transparency, or you may project the letter from online)

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

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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PRINTOUTS

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WEBSITES

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PREPARATION

  1. Locate ˇSi, Se Puede!/Yes, We Can!: Janitor Strike in L.A. in your classroom library, your local library, or a bookseller.  Familiarize yourself with the content and the images within the book.
  2. Arrange for current issues of local, regional, or national newspapers for the classroom. Each student should have a newspaper for this activity. You may ask each student to bring a newspaper from home. If computer access allows, you can also use online newspaper sites. In addition to local newspaper sites, you can use resources from the Newseum collection of Today's Front Pages. Students will need to be able to print articles from online newspapers or to return to those pages throughout this lesson.
  3. Print copies of the Persuasion Map Planning Sheet, Letter to the Editor Peer Review Questions, Invisible Questions (Option 1), and Invisible Questions (Option 2).
  4. Make overhead transparencies of the Persuasion Map Planning Sheet and Possible Interview Questions, and a letter to the editor of your choice (that discusses/supports a current issue).
  5. Notify staff members in your school that they may be asked for an interview, and remind them that they are welcome to decline the invitation if necessary.
  6. Review the following guidelines for composing letters to the editor and determine which are appropriate for your class:
  7. Test the Letter Generator and Persuasion Map 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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