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Dear FCAT Checker

Martha Todd
Santa Rosa District Schools


After several months of preparation for the FCAT test, students review how to write business letters, and write one to the person who will check their FCAT test.


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).


-Copy of a business letter (textbook or copy)
-Paper and pencils for students
-One copy of scoring rubric for each student


1. Aquire a copy of a business letter for each child.
2. Run a copy of the scoring rubric for each child.(see attached file)


1. Students indicate by a show of hands if they think they deserve to pass the FCAT test.
2. Several students share why they think they should pass.
3. Students are told that they will be writing a letter to the person who will be grading the FCAT test. Discuss what type of letter format would be most appropriate.
4. Using a copy of a business letter, go over its parts.
5. Students brainstorm on their paper 3 reasons why they should get a good grade. Discuss what the purpose of the letter will be. (To persuade)
6. Students use their ideas to write a business letter to the person who is grading the FCAT test. They use the copy of a business letter as an example. Explain that the letters will not actually be mailed.
7. Pass out copies of the scoring rubric and go over with the students. These are to be attached to their finished letters.
8. Students write a business letter to the FCAT checker.
9. Letters are collected and assessed. Individual conferences are held with students who score below 23 points.


Letters are assessed using scoring rubric. (see attached file)

Attached Files

A scoring rubric.     File Extension: pdf

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