Cade Samuel Cleckner Cade Samuel Cleckner

Writing Lesson: Letter
Upper-Intermediate level


In this lesson, Ss will learn write a persuasive letter to a distant relative regarding their inheritance. The lesson starts with the context introduced by the T and will afterwards brainstorm ideas in regards to the content of the letter and persuasion. Ss will then discuss with the T about basic letter format, which they will then use to write a draft letter. Ss will exchange drafts, make revisions and feedback, returning the originals after for the Ss to make note of. Ss will write a final draft and share their persuasive letter to the class.


Abc Writing Activity 1 #2
Abc Writing Activity A/B

Main Aims

  • To provide writing practice via the process of producing a persuasive letter using the context of inheritance.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of functional language used for persuasion in the context of writing letters and general discussion/debate


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

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

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

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?"

Useful Language (8-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

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)

Productive Task(s) (15-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

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)

Feedback and Error Correction (8-10 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

T will ask for volunteers to read letter, giving feedback as needed for fluency (fingers, elicit, etc)

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