LESSON SEVEN: Writing a Friendly Letter
The student writes a friendly letter using declarative and interrogative sentences for an intended audience.
GRADE-LEVEL EXPECTATIONS ADDRESSED
W3E Write effectively in various forms and types of writing: Audience and purpose
§ Sources of Literature
o Parent Letter for Book Trade Day
o Student writing paper
o Chart paper
o Student dictionaries
o Friendly Letter checklist
o Friendly Letter score guide
§ Handouts provided
§ Words to know
o friendly letter
o interrogative sentence
o declarative sentence
The student writes a simple friendly letter including an interrogative and declarative sentence for an intended audience.
1. The teacher writes a friendly letter, which includes the five parts of a friendly letter using declarative and interrogative sentences. The letter will be on display for students to review.
Have you or someone in your family ever received a letter in the mail?
Who sent you the letter?
Did you receive a letter in return?
How did you feel when you received a letter?
Why do people send letters?
2. The class will write a friendly letter as a shared writing activity including the five important parts: heading, greeting, body, closing, signature with declarative and interrogative sentences.
Why did you write this letter?
Does my letter look like it’s supposed to?
How could you make your letter look better?
Post an example of the friendly letter. Be sure all students can see example.
Identify and review letter parts.
Have dictionaries available.
3. The student writes a friendly letter to the principal that includes the five parts of a friendly letter with declarative and interrogative sentences. Students may write about topics such as classroom activities, something they have enjoyed learning in the classroom, etc. Students may use own writing paper. Teacher utilizes checklist and scoring guide to score student performance on letter writing.