Saturday, July 2

Friendly Letter Writing

Even though many writing curricula no longer include a unit on writing friendly letters, I find that spending a couple weeks on a friendly letter unit is a fabulous way to build student understanding about author's purpose and to practice writing conventions like capitalization and punctuation. Plus, I also love that writing a letter is typically not intimidating to writers just beginning to develop their writing confidence.
Writers Workshop Unit

This friendly letter unit is set up to run for about three weeks long. Based on the needs of your writers, you might go longer or shorter. Different groups of students have different needs, so the length of the unit could easily vary from year to year.

There are options for instruction in whole group and small group, as well as independent practice.

As a teacher, it's so important to scaffold our writers towards success. That's why I love to include helpful word banks, samples and anchor charts!

The mini-lessons outline is logical and easy to follow. 

Parents can be powerful partners, so I've made sure to include parent communication.

Something my firsties absolutely LOVED is writing friendly letters to favorite book I've included a word bank with the character names.

There are three student letter writing paper options - single line, double line with dash in the middle and handwriting without tears style, as well.

These writing workshop tips can help you tweak your writing workshop.

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