1. Topic-
Friendly Letter Writing
2. Content-
Sunshine Standard:
Informative: The student develops and demonstrates technical writing that provides information related to real world tasks.
Strand: Writing Applications
LA The student will write a variety of communications that have a clearly stated purpose and that include the date, proper salutation, body, closing and signature.
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1.Students will have book/books read to them to learn how to write a friendly letter.
4. Objectives-
1.Students will be able to write a friendly letter.
2.Students will use "The Body Guide" to assist them with writing their letters.
3.Students will write a letter including the date, greeting, body, closing and signature.
5. Materials and Aids-
"Yours Truly, Goldilocks", by Alma Flor Ada
"Dear Peter Rabbit", by Alma Flor Ada
*Sloppy Copy paper
*"The Body" letter writing guide
*Instructions for Friendly Letter
*large version of a letter from the book
*letter from Goldilocks
*teacher made friendly letter paper.
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1.Have students sit on the carpet/group area.
2.Ask students if anyone has read the book(s) before, do they know who the characters are, Goldilocks, Peter Rabbit, The Three Little Pigs, etc.
3.Ask students if they have anyone they write to that lives somewhere else, or to friends just for fun.

B. Development-

1.Read "Dear Peter Rabbit"
2.Review challenging vocabulary from book (pre-decided by instructor)
3.Present "The Body" Friendly Letter template.
4. Review story, what happened?
5. Show class instructions for friendly letter.

C. Practice-

1.Present class with blank friendly letter template
2.Have one or more student come up and tape the letter from the book back together in the right order, everything in the right place.
3.Show the class the letter from Goldilocks inviting them to her birthday party.
4. Read as a class, taking turns around the room.

D. Independent Practice-

1.Students will write their own letters responding to Goldilocks.
2.Remind them that they need to write the date, greeting, body, closing and signature.
3.Students will use the teacher made template for their letter.

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

1.If students are having a difficult time work individually with them using one letter.
2. Write a letter with the whole class modeling the process of writing a friendly letter.

F. Checking for understanding-

1. Walk around the room as students are writing their sloppy copies.
2. watch as students write and use "The Body" as a template.

G. Closure-

1.Review letters with the class either as a whole group or individually.
2. Remind the students that they can write to friends or family who live close or far away to tell them about things that happen in your life.
7. Evaluation-
1.Informal assessment.
Look for all sections of the letter.
*Have student revise and edit, checking spelling, grammar and punctuation.
*Make sure to use your best handwriting!
*Have students illustrate the party if they accept the invitation and what they did instead of going if they declined.
*Hang up in classroom!

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