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ESL student’s write a letter to a book character in this lesson


Language Arts  


3, 4, 5, 6  

Title – Sami and the Time of Troubles
By – Elaine
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Grade Level – 3-6

Title – Writing a letter to Sami.

Subject – Language Arts, Social Studies
Grade Level – ESL mixed, grades 5-6 intermediate
Organization: Individual and small group

Objectives: 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, in this case Sami from the book “Sami and the Time of the Troubles.”
  • Participate in small group discussion by orally presenting their letter to the people in their group.


  • Book: Sami and the Time of the Troubles.
  • Final Draft Stationary
  • Pencil and Paper


  1. Read Sami and the Time of the Troubles. (A ten year old boy who lives in Baghdad, Iraq.)
  2. Discuss with the children that they are going to write a letter to Sami to tell about us and ask him how he is doing. Write their responses on the board.

Developmental Activities:

  1. Pass out paper (used for rough draft).
  2. Explain and model how to write a letter on he board.
  3. Have the children write a rough draft of their letter, using the ideas listed on the board.
  4. Have students swap letters with a partner and proofread each other’s letters.
  5. Pass out final draft stationary.
  6. Have the children rewrite their revised letters.


  1. Divide children into groups of four and read their letter to one another.
  2. Display letters on unit bulletin board.


  • 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. Review parts of speech and verb tenses if necessary.

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