by Brandon Harden

Writing a Friendly Letter

About This Lesson

Overview

This lesson addresses how to write a friendly letter.

Topics include Heading, Greeting, Body, Closing, and the Signiture. 

     Procedures:  The teacher will begin the lesson by introducing the topic of writing letters.  The teacher will ask the question, “When do people use friendly letters and what do they use them for?”  The teacher will allow many answers.  The teacher will then introduce the 5 parts of a friendly letter using a letter board chart.  The teacher will review these 5 parts by using a power point presentation.  The teacher will walk through the presentation specifically pointing out these 5 parts.  The teacher will then use the overhead projector.  The teacher give the students a copy of a letter that has mistakes.  The teacher will ask the students to correct the letter by placing the information in the proper place on the page.  This letter will be placed on the overhead for review with the students. 

Guided Practice:  The teacher will give the students a copy of a letter that has mistakes.  The teacher will ask the students to correct the letter by placing the information in the proper place on the page.  This letter will be placed on the overhead for review with the students.  **(CRCT)  The test will ask questions such as: “Which part is the greeting of this letter”.  It is very important that the students understand what each part of the letter is and it’s purpose.  The teacher will then ask the students to create there own letters. 


To assure that this unit is taught with appropriate emphasis, dept and rigor, it is important that the tasks listed under "Evidence of Learning" be reviewed early in the planning process.  A variety of resources should be utilized to supplement, but not completely replace, the textbook.  Textbooks not only provide much needed content information, but excellent learning activities as well.  The tasks in these units illustrate the type of learning activities that should be utilized from a variety of sources.

Standards Addressed In This Unit

Standards

GA.LA.04.41.E
...Correspondence (including writing letters and addressing envelopes).
GA.LA.04.43
STANDARD:Communicates ideas by using the writing process:PREWRITING Generates ideas DRAFTING Focuses on topic Uses prewriting ideas to complete first draft REVISING Expands use of descriptive words Improves sequence Adds variety of sentence types Organizes writing to include a clear beginning, middle, and ending EDITING Begins each sentence and proper noun with a capital letter Uses correct spelling Uses appropriate punctuation Uses complete sentences PUBLISHING Shares writing with others

Resources Needed For This Unit

Resources

 Fall

Knowledge and Skills

Understanding(s)

 Objective:  The student will be able to write a friendly letter by writing a letter using the 5 parts of a letter (Heading, Greeting, Body, Closing Statement, Signature) with 100% mastery.

 

Essential Question(s)

How does writing friendly letters affect our everyday lives, and how may we use them to communicate?
 

Students will know

Students will know how to write a friendly letter, how to fold a letter, and how to label the parts of a envelope. 

Assessment

Key Criteria

4th Grade Language Arts

Lesson Plan

 

I.                   Objective:  The student will be able to write a friendly letter by writing a letter using the 5 parts of a letter (Heading, Greeting, Body, Closing Statement, Signature) with 100% mastery.

GPS:  ELA4W4 The student consistently uses a writing process to develop, revise,

and evaluate writing. The student

a. Plans and drafts independently and resourcefully.

b. Revises selected drafts to improve coherence and progression by adding, deleting,

consolidating, and rearranging text.

c. Edits to correct errors in spelling, punctuation, etc.

 

II.                Pre-Assessment:  The students will be assessed the day prior to the lesson.  The students will be asked to write a friendly letter to the best of their abilities.  The teacher will give the students a blank sheet of paper and ask them to complete the task.  These will be taken up and checked for understanding of writing friendly letters.

III.             Procedures:  The teacher will begin the lesson by introducing the topic of writing letters.  The teacher will ask the question, “When do people use friendly letters and what do they use them for?”  The teacher will allow many answers.  The teacher will then introduce the 5 parts of a friendly letter using a letter board chart.  The teacher will review these 5 parts by using a power point presentation.  The teacher will walk through the presentation specifically pointing out these 5 parts.  The teacher will then use the overhead projector.  The teacher give the students a copy of a letter that has mistakes.  The teacher will ask the students to correct the letter by placing the information in the proper place on the page.  This letter will be placed on the overhead for review with the students. 

Guided Practice:  The teacher will give the students a copy of a letter that has mistakes.  The teacher will ask the students to correct the letter by placing the information in the proper place on the page.  This letter will be placed on the overhead for review with the students.  **(CRCT)  The test will ask questions such as: “Which part is the greeting of this letter”.  It is very important that the students understand what each part of the letter is and it’s purpose.  The teacher will then ask the students to create there own letters. 

 

Other Evidence

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Rubric

Rubric
Very Good (25 pts) Good (20 pts) Unacceptable (10 pts)
Element 1 (1.000, 20%) All parts are in right location All parts of the letter are mostly in the right place with fewer than 3 errors. More than 4 errors. Must Redo!
Element 2 (1.000, 20%) Spacing of the parts are all correct Spacing of the parts are mostly correct with 2 or less errors Poor spacing with more than 2 errors.
Element 3 (1.000, 20%) Commas, periods, and capitalization is completely correct Commas, periods, and capitalization usage is correct with less than 2 errors Commas, periods, and capitalization use has more than 2 errors
Element 4 (1.000, 20%) Letter is folded correctly with no mistakes Letter is folded correctly with 1 error Letter is not folded correctly with more than 1 error
Element 5 (1.000, 20%) Envelope is created with 0 mistakes Envelope is created with less than 2 mistakes Envelope is created with more than 2 mistakes

Cummulative Tests

Pre and Post Assessment:  The students will be assessed the day prior to the lesson.  The students will be asked to write a friendly letter to the best of their abilities.  The teacher will give the students a blank sheet of paper and ask them to complete the task.  These will be taken up and checked for understanding of writing friendly letters. 

Strategies For Teaching And Learning

Learning Activities

The students will take part in a group discussion with guidance from the teacher.  A PowerPoint presentation will help to lead the discussion of how to create friendly letters and why writing friendly letters are important to master.  The students will write friendly letters to a penpal from another school.  The students will label and address a envelope in order for their letters to be mailed.     

 

Selected Terms and Symbols

Letter, Stamps, Body, Heading, Signature, Envelope