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I Nominate My Friend

Martha Todd
Santa Rosa District Schools

Description

Students review friendly letter writing skills and the use of descriptive language. Students practice writing persuasive letters, with help from teacher and peers. Letters are then written to nominate his or her friend for Friend of the Year.

Objectives

The student writes for a variety of occasions, audiences, and purposes (for example, letters to persuade or request, humorous or suspenseful stories to entertain, instructions to inform).

Materials

- Chalkboard and chalk

- One copy of Basic Sentences per group (see attachment)

- One copy per student of Friendly letter form (see attachment)

- One copy per student of Scoring rubric (see attachment)

- One copy per student of I Nominate My Friend directions (see attachment)

Preparations

1. Xerox one copy of Basic Sentences per group (see attachment).

2. Xerox one copy per student of Friendly letter form (see attachment).

3. Xerox one copy per student of Scoring rubric (see attachment).

4. Xerox one copy per student of I Nominate My Friend directions (see attachment).

Procedures

Day 1
1. Review the use of adjectives and the use of colorful language by giving groups of students basic sentences and having them add adjectives to make the sentences more descriptive. (See attachment.)
2. Students share their new sentences orally. The teacher leads in a discussion comparing the new sentences and the original ones.
3. Brainstorm instances when it would be useful to write descriptively (to persuade, to describe something you see and the reader doesn't, to write a letter to a boyfriend/girlfriend, or anyone else you care about).
4. As a class, decide on a favorite dessert. Brainstorm adjectives to describe the dessert.
5. Review friendly letter format.
6. Students are given paper formatted for a friendly letter (see attachment) and are instructed to write a letter to the lunchroom manager to persuade her to serve the class's favorite dessert for lunch. (Remind them of the adjectives discussed and the importance of good descriptions).
7. Discuss the scoring rubric, and write it on the board.

Day 2
1. Students use the scoring rubric (see attachment) to score their own friendly letters.
2. Students share their friendly letters in small groups, giving suggestions and praise to each other concerning their use of descriptive language and persuasion.
3. Students are given directions for writing a friendly letter nominating a friend for Friend of the Year (see attachment).
4. Teacher scores letters using rubric on Friend of the Year attachment.
Note: Be sure to return edited papers to students in order to help them see their errors.

Assessments

Students write a friendly letter nominating a friend for Friend of the Year. Letters are evaluated by using a rubric which scores the paper for friendly letter format, use of adjectives, correct spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and legible writing. Extra credit will be given for an exceptional description of his or her friend. Students should receive at least 20 of the 25 basic points. Edited papers are returned to the students to help them see how to improve.

Extensions

Edit and reassess corrected letters. Students rewrite their letters.
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