This stimulating and informative lesson develops students’ skills in creating formal letters that precisely meet the content, language and structural features of the form. In particular, they gain an in-depth understanding of how formal letters should be set out on the page, what information should be included within them, and what style they should be written in, in order to meet form, audience and purpose.
Students follow a clear and logical learning journey, in which they:
-Understand when and where formal letters are an appropriate form of communication;
-Unjumble a model example of a formal letter in order to establish its structure;
-Work collaboratively to identify and analyse the content and language features in further model examples of formal letters;
-Create a success criteria for effective formal letters (although a ready-made success criteria is included);
-Write their own formal letters, using a structure strip and helpsheet (if needed) and the techniques that they have learnt;
-Peer/self-assess their writing attempts.
There are enough resources here really for two lessons, including:
-Visually engaging whole-lesson PowerPoint;
-Formal letters x 3 (a complaint, information about a school trip, and a covering letter for a job application)
-Formal letters structure strip;
-Formal letters helpsheet;
-Step-by-step lesson plan.
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