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A Lesson on Letter Writing – Topics Related to Students’ Community
Social Studies, Language Arts
Title – A lesson on letter writing
By – Christine Silvestri
Subject – Language Arts, Social Studies
Grade Level – 3-4
Instructional Plan #6
Title: Community Letter
Grade Level: Third
Organization: Individual, Small group
The children will be able to:
- Enhance listening skills during a read-aloud.
- Enhance writing skills by writing skills by a letter to a character in a related literature source about people, places, and things within their community.
- Participate in small group discussion by orally presenting their letter to the people in their group.
- Book: My New York
- Final Draft Stationary
- Pencil and Paper
- Read My New York. (A girl named Becky writes a letter to her friend, telling her all favorite places in her community.)
- Discuss with the children that they are going to write a letter to Becky about all their favorite places in their community. Write their responses on the board.
- Pass out paper (used for rough draft).
- Explain and model how to write a letter on he board.
- Have the children write a rough draft of their letter, using the ideas listed on the board.
- Have students swap letters with a partner and proofread each other’s letters.
- Pass out final draft stationary.
- Have the children rewrite their revised letters.
- Divide children into groups of four and read their letter to one another.
- Display letters on unit bulletin board.
Inclusion students will work with teacher on letter and revision process.
- Did students participate in discussion?
- Did they work well with each other during the revision process and group share?
- Review letters. Check for grammatical and spelling mistakes and for proper sentence structure.
- Were all the children listening during the read-a-loud?
- Did I effectively model the letter writing process?
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