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Caroline Brannon and Kristin Young ECED 4300 B Dr. Tonja Root Fall 2008 Grade Level: 4 Friendly Letter. Kristin Young. Prewriting ELA4W4 The student consistently uses a writing process to develop, revise, and evaluate writing; the student Plans and drafts independently and resourcefully.

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Kristin young

Caroline Brannon and Kristin YoungECED 4300 BDr. Tonja RootFall 2008Grade Level: 4Friendly Letter


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  • Prewriting

  • ELA4W4 The student consistently uses a writing process to develop, revise, and evaluate writing; the student

  • Plans and drafts independently and resourcefully.

  • PLO: Student will use a graphic organizer to brainstorm ideas for a friendly letter.


Prewriting

Prewriting:

  • Forms of Writing: Friendly letters, also known as Personal letters, are letters that you write to a friend. They are usually filled with information about you, and often as questions about how your friend is doing?

  • Friendly letters normally have five parts: the heading, greeting, body, complimentary close, and signature line.

  • If your letter contains a postscript, begin it with a P.S. and end it with your initials.


Prewriting1

Prewriting

  • Stage of Writing: The first stage of the writing process is prewriting. Prewriting is brainstorming your ideas, thoughts and opinions before you begin writing. Writers have to plan before they begin writing. When you prewrite you have your ideas and thoughts listed to help guide you through your story. Think of prewriting like a treasure map to guide you as you travel through the writing process.


Graphic organizer

Graphic Organizer

  • A graphic organizer is a way to help you organize your ideas before writing.

  • The next slide is an example of a graphic organizer for the prewriting stage of a friendly letter.


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  • Heading

  • What is your address?

  • ________________________________________

  • (Your street number, street name, & apartment number (if living in an apartment))

  • _________________________________________

  • (Your city, state, and zip code)

  • _________________________________________


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  • _________________________________________

  • (Today’s date)

  • Who will get your letter?

  • ___________________________

  • (Greeting)

  • Body

  • What does that person want to know about what you have been doing and how you feel?

  • _________________________________________________

  • _________________________________________________

  • _________________________________________________


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What can you tell that person about your friends and family?

  • _________________________________________________

  • _________________________________________________

  • _________________________________________________

  • _________________________________________________


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  • What can you ask about that person’s life?

  • Body

  • __________________________________________________________________________________________________

  • _________________________________________________

  • _____________________

  • (Closing)

  • _____________________

  • (Your signature)

Root, T. (n.d.). Friendly letter graphic organizer. Retrieved May 22, 2007, from http://coefaculty.valdosta.edu/troot/eced4300/Graphic%20Organizers.htm


Apa citation

APA Citation:

  • (1997-2008). Format for a Friendly or Personal Letter. Retrieved November 10, 2008, from English Plus Web site: http://englishplus.com/grammar/00000144.htm

  • Root, T. (n.d.). Friendly letter graphic organizer. Retrieved November 10, 2008 from http://coefaculty.valdosta.edu/troot/eced4300/Graphic%20Organizers.htm

  • Sample Friendly Letter. Retrieved November 10, 2008, from Letter Writing Guide Web site:

    http://www.letterwritingguide.com/samplefriendlyletter.htm


Kristin young

506 Country LaneNorth Baysville, CA 53286July 16, 2007

Dear Susan,

It feels like such a long time since the last time I saw you. I know it's only been several weeks since I saw you. So far my summer has been great!

I spend my all my weekends at the beach. I am getting a nice tan and you can no longer say I am paler than you. I have been playing lots of volleyball, surfing and building a nice collection of sea shells. Just this past weekend I took second place in a sandcastle building contest!


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On the weekdays I work. I drive an ice cream truck around and sell ice cream to the kids. It is so cool. It is a combination of the two things I love most, ice cream and kids. The pay isn't too great but I love the job so much.

I hope the summer's been going well for you too. There's only a month and a half left in summer vacation and after that it's back to school. Would you like to meet up some time to before school starts? Your friend, Signature

P.S. John Austin says hi.

Sample Friendly Letter. Retrieved November 10, 2008, from Letter Writing Guide Web site: http://www.letterwritingguide.com/samplefriendlyletter.htm


Practice activity

Practice activity:

  • Together as a class, we will fill-out a graphic organizer.

  • The teacher will tell the students that everyone will follow the same format when writing their friendly letter. Each individual will have different responses and feelings in their letter.

  • In this part, do not worry about spelling or grammar. The main goal is to get your thoughts down on paper.


Assessment activity

Assessment activity:

  • Students will individually fill-out a graphic organizer for the pre-writing stage of a friendly letter.

  • The next slide is the graphic organizer that students will use for pre-writing of a friendly letter.


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  • Heading

  • What is your address?

  • ________________________________________

  • (Your street number, street name, & apartment number (if living in an apartment))

  • _________________________________________

  • (Your city, state, and zip code)

  • _________________________________________

  • (Today’s date)

  • Who will get your letter?

  • ___________________________

  • (Greeting)

  • Body

  • What does that person want to know about what you have been doing and how you feel?

  • _________________________________________________

  • _________________________________________________


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What can you tell that person about your friends and family?

  • _________________________________________________

  • _________________________________________________

  • _________________________________________________

  • _________________________________________________

  • What can you ask about that person’s life?

  • Body

  • __________________________________________________________________________________________________

  • _________________________________________________

  • _____________________

  • (Closing)

  • _____________________

  • (Your signature)


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Caroline Brannon

  • Drafting

  • ELA4W4 The student consistently uses a writing process to develop, revise, and evaluate writing; the student

  • Plans and drafts independently and resourcefully.

  • PLO: Student will create a draft of the friendly letter.


Drafting

Drafting:

  • Forms of Writing: Friendly letters, also known as Personal letters, are letters that you write to a friend. They are usually filled with information about you, and often as questions about how your friend is doing?

  • Friendly letters normally have five parts: the heading, greeting, body, complimentary close, and signature line.

  • If your letter contains a postscript, begin it with a P.S. and end it with your initials.


Drafting1

Drafting:

  • Stage of writing: A draft is the first step in writing a friendly letter. At this point, we are not really worried about spelling or grammar. The main idea is to get all of your ideas on the paper to form sentences and later on paragraphs.


Apa citation1

APA Citation

  • Drafting. Retrieved November 10, 2008, from OWCC Web site: http://web.mit.edu/writing/Resources/Writers/Process/drafting.html

  • Friendly Letter Drafting Sample. Retrieved November 10, 2008, from Free Writing Web site: http://www.freereading.net/images/f/f2/FreeReading_LetterDraftSample.pdf


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january 10, 2008

Dear Ms. Principal

I am writing to tell you about some of the exciting things that are going on in our classroom The students are working hard on their animal picture books. They have a lot of details and really great drawings. Last week we made snow cones with real snow and maple syrup! soon a visitor is coming to our class to tell us all about life in Japan. Now you can see why I am so excited about our class.

Sincerely,

Mr. Goodteacher

(There are five errors in this passage.)

January should be capitalized

missing comma after Ms. Principal

missing period after classroom

Soon should be capitalized

Sincerely should be in line with the date and the signature

Friendly Letter Drafting Sample. Retrieved November 10, 2008, from Free Writing Web site: http://www.freereading.net/images/f/f2/FreeReading_LetterDraftSample.pdf


Practice activity1

Practice Activity:

  • The teacher will tell the class that they are going to break up into groups to work on drafting a friendly letter together.

  • The teacher will tell the students not to worry about spelling or punctuation.

  • The main goal is to get their ideas written into words on their paper to form sentences and then paragraphs.


Assessment activity1

Assessment Activity:

  • Each student will individually write a draft of a friendly letter.

  • The teacher will tell the students that everyone will follow the same format when writing their friendly letter. Each individual will have different responses and feelings in their letter.


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