Lesson Plan : Letters (Friendly vs. Business)

Teacher Name:
 John McCarthy
 Grade 11-12
 Language Arts

 Phrase/ Sentence Appropriateness
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 Students will gain a better understanding of friendly and business letters.
 SWBATs: 1. differences between a friendly and business letter. 2. identify friendly letter and business letter phrases. 3. construct sentences by matching the first part of a sentence with the second part. 4. write a friendly or business letter.
 Example letters, white board, dry erase markers, worksheets, and journals.
 The class will discuss who they have received letters from and who they have written letters too. They will also discuss the reasons that these letters were sent.
 In groups the students will place example letters into two piles. One pile will be informal letters, and the other will be business letters. Upon completion the class will discuss their answers. The students will then go back over the list of people that they brainstormed and identify if the letter was a business letter or friendly letter.
 In groups the students will perform two tasks. First, the students will write an I next to informal sentence structures and B next to business sentence structures (in regards to a letter). Second, the students will match phrases together in order to make friendly letter and business letter appropriate sentences.
 If the class is older than high school and has a more business focus, then the independent practice can be geared more towards business letters as opposed to friendly letters.
Checking For Understanding:
 Through out the lesson the teacher will informal asses the students through body language, class participation, and worksheet answers. With in the journal the teacher will highlight friendly letter specific sentences in yellow, and buisness specific sentences in blue. Neutral senteces or phrases will be left unmarked. The teacher will divide the total number of yellow highlighted phrases/sentences and divide them by the total number of highlighted phrases/sentences. Students who recieve a mark below an 80 percent, will recieve one on one feedback with the teacher. Other students will just recieve feedback in their journals.
 If time allows, students are can start to work on their journals in class. They are to finish the rest at home and then hand it in at the beginning of the next class. They will be encouraged to use their worksheets as a references when writing.
 Letters will be referred back to when time comes for other letter writing assignments. The teacher will than subjectively compare and contrast the letters. The teacher will leave positive feedback on his/her findings.

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