LESSON ONE: Letters of Inquiry
Students write memos or letters explaining a career choice and answer reflective questions.
W2F In composing text, use a variety of sentence structures and cohesive devices.
W3E Compose texts for various audiences and purposes, selecting and applying appropriate format, style, tone and
point of view.
Sources of literature
o Writer’s notebook
o Letter Template
o Sample Parent Letter
o Sample Student Letter
o Sentence Structure Letter
o Letter Instructions and Scoring Guide
Words to know
o cohesive devices
o point of view
Students write a letter of inquiry to the Washington D.C. Chamber of Commerce. Scoring Guide provided
1. Discuss travel with students. Students share stories about vacations they have taken. Students explain
necessary planning for taking a vacation.
Questions Why do people ask questions?
for What is the difference between formal and informal questions?
Students How and why are the formats of formal and informal questions different?
What are some formal ways to ask questions, and why is this sometimes
2. Demonstrate format, style, tone, and point of view using two sample letters:
parent letter requesting allowance to travel
letter to students informing them of upcoming field trip
Questions What role do the following serve in letters?
point of view
3. Divide students into groups. Students read three letters of inquiry regarding visiting a certain place in
Washington D.C. independently, students rank letter in order of best writing, second best, and least
appealing. Groups explain his reasoning for their ranking of each letter.
4. Preview sentence structure with students. Use a lesson from writing/grammar text. Complete a sentence
combining activity with students in class.