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English Language Arts Grade 3
Writing Standard 4
2 class periods of 30 minutes each
The class will read Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse or Yours Truly, Goldilocks by Alma Flor Ada, or Dr. Mrs. La Rue by Mark Teague as a lead into writing letters. Teacher will share notes from students. Students will organize ideas to write a letter using the informal letter format to someone.
Read the text prior to reading aloud. If possible, collect notes from previous students to share as appropriate.
Students should be familiar with the form for writing letters. Students should know how to use a web to organize information as a draft for writing.
Students will participate in pre-writing activities. They will write to communicate effectively.
Students may add illustrations to their notes and letters.
The teacher may set up a class post office. Students would be able to write notes to each other at a specific time of day during the week. At the end of the day one student could deliver the mail. Each student should be supplied with a class list so that he can write to everyone in the class. If the students cross the names out and write to everyone on the list it alleviates the problem of the popular children getting numerous letters while others get nothing. Students may actually address and mail the letters if stamps are available.
Teacher should check the letters before sending to assess student's understanding and skills.
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Keven Henkes