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									Heather Barrett
November 7, 2000
EDTP 521

                  Lesson Plan: Mechanics of Language – Letter Writing
                           Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen

Grade 3

California Reading/Language Arts Standard (Writing Applications):
2.3 Write personal and formal letters, thank-you notes, and invitations:
       a. Show awareness of the knowledge and interests of the audience and establish
           a purpose and context.
       b. Include the date, proper salutation, body, closing, and signature.

Background: This letter-writing lesson would be completed after the class has read
Molly’s Pilgrim.

Objective(s): (1) TLW write a personal apology letter to Molly from Elizabeth. The
letter will include a purpose (apology), the date, a proper salutation, body, closing, and
signature. (2) TLW respond to a classmates’ letter from Molly’s perspective. The letter
will include a purpose (response), date, a proper salutation, body, closing, and signature.
(3) TLW word process both letters using Microsoft Word.

Key Vocabulary (found in the story): Yiddish: A language spoken by Jewish people
in central and eastern Europe. Cossacks: Members of the Russian army. synagogue: A
Jewish place of worship. Pilgrim: An English colonist who settled in Plymouth in 1620.

Anticipatory Set: TTW ask the students to orally describe Elizabeth’s attitude and
actions toward Molly. TTW write the student’s descriptions on the board.

Input: TTW tell the students that together, the class will be writing a personal apology
letter to Molly from Elizabeth and also answering a classmate’s apology letter from
Molly’s perspective. Using the overhead projector, TTW display the letter-writing format
(purpose, date, salutation, body, closing, signature). TTW tell the students that the body
of the paragraph needs to have three sentences.

Modeling: Using the overhead projector, TTW display a sample apology letter to Molly
from Elizabeth. TTW point out the necessary components of the letter (purpose, date,
salutation, body, closing, signature).

Guided Practice: As a whole, the class will write an apology letter to Molly from
Elizabeth. TTW ask for student input in writing the letter. TTW write the letter on the
overhead projector so it is visible to all students. TLsW write their letters on individual
pieces of paper.
Check for Understanding: TTW ask the students to recall the necessary components of
a personal letter (purpose, date, salutation, body, closing, signature). TTW ask the
students how many sentences need to be in the body of their letters (three).

Independent Practice: TLsW switch letters with a classmate and write a responding
personal letter back to Elizabeth from Molly’s perspective.

Technology Provision: Using Microsoft Word on the classroom computers, TLW word
process the two letters. TLW write the letters on paper first.

Closure: TTW ask the students to recall the necessary components of a personal letter
(purpose, date, salutation, body, closing, signature). TTW ask for several volunteers to
read their response letters aloud to the class.

Evaluation: Does the student (1) write an apology letter from Elizabeth to Molly that
includes the following components: purpose, date, salutation, body, closing, signature?
(2) write a response letter from Molly to Elizabeth that includes the following
components: purpose, date, salutation, body, closing, signature? (3) word process the
two letters using Microsoft Word?

Adaptations: Special needs/ESL students – While the class works independently on the
response letters, TTW work in a small group setting with these students. As a group,
these students will write a response letter from Molly to Elizabeth. TTW write the letter
on the board so that it is visible to the students, TLW write the letter on an individual
sheet of paper.
GATE students – TTW ask these students to make predictions about the future
relationship between Molly and Elizabeth. Will they become friends after Elizabeth has
apologized? Will there still be some hostility between the two girls even though
Elizabeth has apologized?

Classroom Management: Whole Group: All students will be expected to face the
teacher, focus on the letter writing, and refrain from talking their neighbors.
Independent Practice: All students will be expected to stay on task with their response
letter, complete the letter, and refrain from talking to their neighbors.
Technology Provision: All students will be expected to treat the computer equipment
with care.

								
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