Letter writing is an engaging and important writing format for third graders to master. You can support the development of letter writing expertise with this lesson that provides guidance on the structure and anatomy of a letter. Written by curriculum experts, this lesson will teach kids the various features that make a letter easier to read, and will also offer plenty of opportunities to practice.
Use this template as a starting place for your students to hone their writing and editing skills. First, they'll have to convince someone to take a trip to a place of their choosing, then they'll edit their piece before rewriting.
Writing reports and other kinds of informational pieces is a skill unto itself. It requires an understanding of organizing and sequencing thoughts, tying them together in a way that makes sense to the reader and sometimes a bit of research. It is recommended that students participate in writing their own informational essay on a topic of their choice. This will allow them to apply all that they are learning through the exercises in this unit.
In this unit, students are encouraged to write letters to family and friends about a book they are reading. In the letters the will apply the skills learned in this unit, including how to structure a letter, punctuating titles of books and short stories, using possessives (in reference to the characters or ideas in the book), contractions and addressing an envelope. Don’t forget to request a response - getting a personal letter in the mail in this electronic age can be a thrill!
This lesson covers everything that young writers need to know about titles. Students will learn about the purpose of titles, strategies for creating a great title, and familiarize themselves with punctuation and capitalization conventions of titles.
This handy checklist will be useful when editing all kinds of writing! Have your students use this helpful writing aid to make their writing even better as they check for correct capitalization, punctuation, neatness, and more.