Reflection: Real World Applications Responding To Emerson: Understanding Point-Of-View - Section 2: Responding to Belief: How To Write a Business Letter

 

One practical advantage of teaching business letter format, aside from presenting a practical skill to students, is that is exposes the students to exactly why word processors, such  as MS Word, have the default settings they do. Exposing students to a business letter format provides students with skills that can be applicable in real-world situations. 

While the writing of the letter should be challenging, as it requires students to take on a diverse perspective form their own, I did not expect presenting the directions and format of project to become an overly complex task. But, students come to class with a variety of experiences and background knowledge. As a result, student questioning took up a significant portion of class today, as they struggled with understanding margins and numbers of spaces (the "four spaces" idea between end and signature line really confused a lot of students as to how many times the writer is supposed to hit enter). Coupled with the OWL directions including a sender's address, but the model not doing so, students needed additional clarification. As a result, I made the video here for students to watch as they worked on their draft. 

 

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  Real World Applications: Student Reactions: A Reflection on Formatting
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Responding To Emerson: Understanding Point-Of-View

Unit 9: Literacy: Transcendent Impressions in Essays (American Romanticism III)
Lesson 2 of 2

Objective: SWBAT determine Emerson's purpose and analyze his use of rhetoric in writing "Self-Reliance" & "Nature" through writing a business letter in response to his work.

Big Idea: "Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding" (-Emerson), such as the understanding that comes from reacting to someone who has had an impact on you.

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