This stimulating and informative lesson develops students’ skill in creating informal letters that precisely meet the content, language and structural features of the form. In particular, they gain an in-depth understanding of how informal 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 why letter writing is still important in the present day;
-Unjumble a model example of an informal letter in order to establish its structure;
-Work collaboratively to identify and analyse the content and language features in further model examples of informal letters;
-Create a success criteria for effective informal letters (although a ready-made success criteria is included);
-Write their own informal 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;
-Informal letters x 3 (based on The Simpsons, Batman, and Harry Potter characters)
-Informal letters structure strip;
-Informal letters helpsheet;
-Step-by-step lesson plan.
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