Letter-Writing Lessons & Tips
||Letters take many forms and serve a variety of purposes. Give your students practice with the fine art of letter writing using one or more of the following activities, for grades K-12. You'll find formatting tips and strategies for teaching your students the basics of different types of letter-writing (like persuasive, business, and friendly), and also plenty of lesson plans to put their newfound knowledge into practice. Letter Writing Week is celebrated in January.
Organizing a Letter
- Persuasive Letter Graphic Organizer
Use this graphic organizer to help your students write persuasive letters. They will use a persuasion chart to plan their letter, focusing on important reasons that support their purpose. Use this customizable printable to help address CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.5 and CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.1. Tailor the PDF to your teaching needs by typing in the highlighted fields before printing.
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- Writing a Persuasive Letter (Gr. 2)
Use this packet to teach students how to write a persuasive letter. Model and blank graphic organizers are provided, as is a revision checklist. Students write the who, what, why, and how of their letter.
Formatting a Letter
- A Letter to a Friendly Monster
Write a friendly letter with the date, salutation, body, closing, and signature. This is a great activity for introducing friendly letters and talking about friends. You can even use this printable activity to celebrate Letter Writing Week in January or Halloween.
- Scoring Rubric: Business Letter/Memo
The organization, elements of a business letter/memo writing, grammar, usage, mechanics, and spelling of a written piece are scored in this rubric.
- Write a Letter to Jesse Owens
Assuming the role of a fellow athlete, Nazi supporter or African-American, students will write a letter to Jesse Owens describing their political views and their feelings about his accomplishments at the 1936 Olympic Games. Enhance your curriculum during Letter Writing Week (January) or Black History Month (February) with this lesson plan.
- Letter Writing
In this printable computer lesson, students learn the basic format for letter writing. They get practice in word processing while typing their own business or friendly letter. This is a great activity for Letter Writing Week, celebrated in January.