Writing Lesson: Letter
To provide writing practice via the process of producing a persuasive letter using the context of inheritance.
To provide clarification of functional language used for persuasion in the context of writing letters and general discussion/debate
Procedure (42-55 minutes)
T will share anecdote about long lost relative wanting to give T money and asks Ss what happens when to someone's wealth when they die. T elicits "inheritance" and "will" Ss brainstorm what to use inheritance money for in order to persuade relative to give money T writes ideas in a bubble chart on WB
T asks SS to brainstorm in pairs. Asks "How are you going to divide inheritance money? How are you going to spend it?" T elicits from Ss "I agree/I disagree, I think we should..." CCQ "What can we say when discussing ideas, that we like/don't like? etc" Ss will discuss their ideas via writing on one sheet of paper, passing it back and forth. CCQ- Are we talking or writing?"
T asks Ss "How we write a latter? What do we need?" T goes through structure of letter quickly. Elicit/ask for examples of each part. (Greeting: Dear Donald, Gratitude: Thanks for choosing us to receive your money, Purpose: We're writing in regards to (elicit) our inheritance. Partner and I would like...", etc)
Ss will work in pairs to write a draft letter 5-10 min T leaves letter structure on WB for reference Ss switch draft with another pair and make corrections After 5 mins, Ss will return drafts and write final letter (8 mins)
T will ask for volunteers to read letter, giving feedback as needed for fluency (fingers, elicit, etc)