Monday, October 14, 2013

A Letter Writing Freebie and Teaching Point of View and Persuasive Writing

The last week has been super busy. My students have had a lot of fun studying letter writing. We started out talking about the parts of a letter. We made a flapbook to go over all of the parts.

You can get a free copy here.

We wrote our thank you letters to the fire fighters for visiting us. We used ReadWriteThink's Letter Generator to type our letters.

I have gotten some great text suggestions lately from Jivey. Not long ago, she suggested The Day the Crayons Quit as a great text to teach point of view.

I immediately ordered the book. A few days later I decided to cover letter writing with my kiddos since we were going to be writing Thank You letters anyway. When The Day the Crayons Quit came in the mail, I was so excited. I had forgotten the book was structured with letters.  We had so much fun reading the book last week. We talked about point of view and character traits for each crayon. Over the next couple weeks, we are going to continue to revisit the book to discuss theme, conflict, plot, and some other reading skills. I am excited to use one book to cover many of the Common Core Literature Standards.  I made a literature unit to go with the book. 

You can get a copy here at my store. It has 17 pages of reading and writing activities that were created with the 4th and 5th grade Common Core Literature Standards in mind. Today for our journal writing, we wrote from the point of view of a school supply object. I am going to try and take some pictures tomorrow. They had some really cute ideas.

On Wednesday, we are going to read The Spider and the Fly which I read about via Jivey (who read about it via Head over Heels for Teaching).

You could easily follow up the book with a letter writing activity from the point of view of the spider or the fly.

I was thinking to get ready for Halloween and continue with the idea of a predator/prey relationship we would follow up the book with a writing assignment to be a piece of candy trying to persuade its audience not to be eaten. I may even pair up my students where some of them write from the point of view of a piece of candy trying to persuade you not to choose him and the other student writing from the point of view of a trick-or-treat sack trying to convince the candy to come with him. Then each student can present and we can decide who was more persuasive. Over the next couple weeks, we will be doing journal writing activities using my 95 Halloween Writing Prompts and Paper. How do you incorporate persuasive writing and letter writing with literature?


  1. We read The Spider and the Fly in class and the kids LOVED it! The illustrations lend themselves to as much noticing and inferring as the pictures do! After reading the book the kids wrote a paragraph which gave evidence to prove that the spider was a tricky character (the word they voted on). I paired it with an article about spiders from the 2011 October or November (can't remember!) issue of National Geographic Explorer Pioneer Edition. If you look on their website they have a projectable version available... even if you don't subscribe! Afterwards, the kids wrote a persuasive paragraph on whether or not REAL spiders are as tricky as the spider in Spider and the Fly. Of course they had to use evidence from the article. It was a real stretch and highly structured for my 3rd graders but my 5th graders really took off with the assignment!

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