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Letter Generator

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Letter Generator

Grades K – 12
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ABOUT THIS INTERACTIVE  

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The Letter Generator tool is designed to help students learn to identify all the essential parts of a business or friendly letter, and then generate letters by typing information into letter templates. A sample letter is included, and students can learn about the parts of a letter by reading descriptions of each part.

Once students have become familiar with letter formats, they are prompted to write their own letter. Students follow the steps and fill in specific fields in the template (for example, heading, salutation, closing, signature, and so on). They may even add a decorative border and postscript to the friendly letter. The finished letter can be saved, e-mailed, or printed.

This useful tool provides step-by-step instructions for familiarizing users with the necessary elements of written correspondence, and can serve as an excellent practice method for composing and proofreading both formal and informal letters.

For ideas of how to use this tool outside the classroom, see Letter Generator in the Parent & Afterschool Resources section.

 

Lessons That Use This Interactive

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Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Paying Attention to Technology: Exploring a Fictional Technology

Students complete a short survey to establish their beliefs about technology. They compare their opinions to the ideas in a novel that depicts technology (such as 1984 or Fahrenheit 451).

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Exploring Literature through Letter-Writing Groups

Students discuss literature through a series of letter exchanges, as a one-time assignment or throughout the year with the students discussing, and making connections among, a number of literary works.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Star-Crossed Lovers Online: Romeo and Juliet for a Digital Age

Explore the modern significance of an older text, such as Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, by asking students to create their own modern interpretation of specific events from the drama.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson

Draft Letters: Improving Student Writing through Critical Thinking

Draft letters ask students to think critically about their writing on a specific assignment before submitting their work to a reader. This lesson explains and provides models for the strategy.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Persuading an Audience: Writing Effective Letters to the Editor

Students use persuasive writing and an understanding of the characteristics of letters to the editor to compose effective letters to the editor on topics of interest to them.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Blogtopia: Blogging about Your Own Utopia

Students work together to create their own utopias, using blogs as the primary source of publication.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Communicating on Local Issues: Exploring Audience in Persuasive Letter Writing

Students will research a local issue, and then write letters to two different audiences, asking readers to take a related action or adopt a specific position on the issue.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

From Friedan Forward—Considering a Feminist Perspective

Students write letters expressing personal views on issues like equal pay, equal education/employment opportunity, and gender roles—and receive these letters six years later.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Worth Its Weight: Letter Writing with "The Things They Carried"

This lesson uses a letter-writing activity based on Tim O’Brien’s story “The Things They Carried” to build empathy as students examine the weight they symbolically carry in their own lives.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

The Correspondence Project: A Lesson of Letters

After exploring business and friendly letter formats, students write letters for various audiences and real-world purposes.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Persuading Readers with Endorsement Letters

Students explore the genre of commercial endorsements, establishing characteristics and requirements for the genre. Each student then composes an endorsement of a product, service, company, or industry.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Joining the Conversation about Young Adult Literature

Students create a persuasive case calling for the adoption of a particular young adult literature title into their school’s language arts curriculum by writing letters or speeches.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Developing Persuasive Arguments through Ethical Inquiry: Two Prewriting Strategies

In this lesson, students use focused prewriting strategies to explore content and ethical issues related to a persuasive assignment.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Resumes and Cover Letters for High School Students

High school students are taught how to use resumes and cover letters to highlight their skills and make them stand out, whether applying to college or for a job.

 

Grades   10 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Life is Beautiful: Teaching the Holocaust through Film with Complementary Texts

After students have read a book about the Holocaust, such as The Diary of Anne Frank or Night by Elie Wiesel, students will view Life is Beautiful and complete discussion questions to challenge their ability to analyze literature using film.

 

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Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Greetings from the Biomes of the World

To share their research on biomes, students use iPads to create postcards from all over the world.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

The Passion of Punctuation

Using published writers’ texts and students’ own writing, this unit explores emotions that are associated with the artful and deliberate use of commas, semicolons, colons, and exclamation points (end-stop marks of punctuation).

 

Grades   K – 8  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Postcard Creator

The Postcard Creator helps students learn to identify all the typical parts of a postcard, and then generate their own postcard messages by typing information into letter templates. After printing their texts, students can illustrate the front of their postcards in a variety of ways, including drawing, collage, and stickers.

 

Grades   1 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 17

Today is Benjamin Franklin's birthday.

Students discuss Benjamin Franklin's contributions to postal history, investigate the roles of the Postmaster General, and write letters to their classmates using the Letter Generator.

 

Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 7

Write letters that make things happen!

In a small group or as individuals, students write letters related to a unit of study or particular topic they have studied.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 24

Gold was discovered in California in 1848.

Students read letters from the Gold Rush and follow up by writing an imaginary letter to a family member about their experience using the Letter Generator.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 10

Poet Emily Dickinson was born in 1830.

Students discuss Dickinson's poem "This Is My Letter To The World" and use it to focus on how audience affects voice.

 

Grades   K – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Shared Writing

This strategy guide explains how to use shared writing to teach students effective strategies that will improve their own independent writing ability.

 

Related Parent & Afterschool Resources

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Grades   6 – 8  |  Activity & Project

Write Letters to Friends and Family

Invite young adults to write letters to classmates, postcards from travels, and e-mails to family and friends.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Activity & Project

Can You Convince Me?

Children learn how to make a convincing argument—an important skill in school and in life.

 

Grades   3 – 8  |  Game & Tool

Letter Generator

The Letter Generator shows children the key parts of a letter and lets them practice writing either a friendly or business letter.