Lesson: Persuasive Letter Organization

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Lesson Objective

SWBAT write a correctly organized persuasive letter.

Lesson Plan

Lesson Objective:

SWBAT write a correctly organized persuasive letter.

Essential Questions:

• How is a letter usually organized?
• What does it mean to place ideas in order of importance?

Homework:

Finish first draft of persuasive letter

Materials Needed:

Warm-up
Notes on organization
Extra looseleaf paper, in case

Lesson Plan: I Do

Teacher applies Cornell notes to the model letter presented on notes. Students gain an idea of where to put their ideas.

Lesson Plan: We Do Together

If there's time, students should walk through an example draft for a letter on a different topic. This sort of group-write is sometimes a painfully slow process, though, so especially if you have kids who will be ready to start drafting from an example, just get them started transferring their thoughts from a graphic organizer to draft format. Teacher should hold conferences to ensure that students are pushed to their zone of proximal development.

Lesson Plan: You Do

Most of the writing (for those who do not have conferences) will be done independently. Mastery of the organizational style will be checked when the letters are turned in as homework in the morning.
 

1. What went well?

2. What would you change?

3. What needs explanation?

 The exemplar letter is a great step in the scaffolding that students sometimes need to really write a well-organized letter. Very few come in missing the greeting/closing, and quite a few even show paragraphing along the lines of what's been shown to them.

 Setting up specific requirements, rather than just general guidelines on how to set up a letter, might ensure that a greater percentage of student writers end up on-target.

 The pertinent page from the document that's been uploaded is page number four. Read through it and mark it up for the mini-lesson.

Lesson Resources

Persuasive letter materials  
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