Letter-Writing Lessons & Tips
||Letters take many forms and serve a variety of purposes. Give your students practice with the fine art of letter writing using one or more of the following activities, for grades K-12. You'll find formatting tips and strategies for teaching your students the basics of different types of letter-writing (like persuasive, business, and friendly), and also plenty of lesson plans to put their newfound knowledge into practice. Letter Writing Week is celebrated in January.
Organizing a Letter
- Writing a Persuasive Letter (Gr. 2)
Use this packet to teach students how to write a persuasive letter. Model and blank graphic organizers are provided, as is a revision checklist. Students write the who, what, why, and how of their letter.
Formatting a Letter
- A Letter to a Friendly Monster
Write a friendly letter with the date, salutation, body, closing, and signature. Use this printable activity to celebrate Letter Writing Week in January or Halloween.
- Scoring Rubric: Business Letter/Memo
The organization, elements of a business letter/memo writing, grammar, usage, mechanics, and spelling of a written piece are scored in this rubric.
- Write a Letter to Jesse Owens
Assuming the role of a fellow athlete, Nazi supporter or African-American, students will write a letter to Jesse Owens describing their political views and their feelings about his accomplishments at the 1936 Olympic Games. Enhance your curriculum during Letter Writing Week (January) or Black History Month (February) with this lesson plan.
- Letter Writing
In this printable computer lesson, students learn the basic format for letter writing. They get practice in word processing while typing their own business or friendly letter. This is a great activity for Letter Writing Week, celebrated in January.
Sign up today to receive timely, popular, and free classroom resources!
Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month
May is Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month! Don't overlook this opportunity to study and enjoy activities about the history and culture of Asian-Pacific American communities.
Top 10 Galleries
Explore our most popular Top 10 galleries, from Top 10 Behavior Management Tips for the Classroom and Top 10 Classroom Organization Tips from Veteran Teachers to Top 10 Free (& Cheap) Rewards for Students and Top 10 Things Every Teacher Needs in the Classroom. We'll help you get organized and prepared for every classroom situation, holiday, and more! Check out all of our galleries today.
May Calendar of Events
May is full of holidays and events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Children's Book Week (5/13-19), Biographers Day (5/16), and Memorial Day (5/27). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Clean Air Month, and Physical Fitness & Sports Month all May long!
Common Core Lessons & Resources
Is your school district adopting the Common Core? Work these new standards into your curriculum with our reading, writing, speaking, social studies, and math lessons and activities. Each piece of content incorporates the Common Core State Standards into the activity or lesson.