Email Etiquette Lessons: How to Write and Reply to an Email Eloquently

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7th - 12th
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60 Editable PPT slides and 53 PDF and editable PPT pages
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Learning Objective

Students will learn how to write clear, organized, formal, and respectful email correspondence to teachers and other professionals.


Have you ever received an email from a student that was written in, well, a not-so-nice tone? Sure. We all have, and it's enough to drive us up the wall! But! What if students have just never been taught (or not taught well) how to professionally address a boss or superior? That realization inspired this unit, which revolutionized the way my students emailed me from that point forward.

Every year, I recommend teachers of all subjects in middle and high school teach students either a full unit or a refresher course (depending on age and background experience) all about writing an email to teachers. This practical, real-world "how to" lesson is relevant and necessary for a digital world.

People check their email daily...and often, multiple times per day! In short, email matters. We need to teach students how to represent themselves well when communicating in this genre.

In this writing an email mini-unit (which lasts approximately 3-4 days, depending on the length of discussions and number of activities used), students will laugh and learn as they read engaging examples of poorly written emails (and a few intelligent ones as well). You can use the materials as a full unit, or you can pick and choose the ones that will work best for your students. Extras are great review to stick in a sub folder!

The focus for this email etiquette unit is on emailing teachers, but students will be able to apply what they learn to writing an email for any professional email situation.


Included in this product, you will find...

  • A 27 slide secure PDF presentation to introduce email etiquette and guidelines
  • An editable PPT version of the same presentation
  • Student notes to correspond with the presentation
  • An email components template reference page
  • 12 task cards featuring etiquette errors with an answer sheet and an answer key
  • 5 additional engaging practice activities that can be used with small group, partner, writer's workshop, station, whole class, individual, or homework format with suggested answer keys
    • authentic scenarios
    • whole-class writing
    • over-the-top funny email
    • compare good and bad emails
    • revise poorly written emails

  • Parts of an email diagram
  • A post-assessment rubric
  • A suggested use guide and video links to enrich your discussions and lessons
  • NEW!!! A lesson on how to REPLY professionally and timely to email communication from a teacher. Includes both a presentation with built in discussion scenarios and student note options.


All of the files in this mini unit are included both as secure PDFs and editable PPT files. If you'd like to have Google Drive links to use with distance learning or in 1:1 classrooms, you will be interested in this digital unit or in this bundle.

This lesson is cross-curricular! Teach students to think critically, to write for an authentic audience, to evaluate mentor texts based upon established criteria, to adopt a professional tone, and to write business-type emails with style.

Great for a beginning-of-the-year activity or any time it fits with your curriculum. Assessment? Since most of the lessons are intended to be worked on and discussed in class, completion grades would be appropriate, but you don't have to assign grades at all. The unit is intended to be a light-hearted, confidence-building, non-intimidating way to remind students of proper, respectful email etiquette.

The duration of this unit depends on how many activities you choose to incorporate as well as on the length of your class period. A suggested lesson plan with additional, engaging links is provided, but you can deviate to make it fit your needs.

Questions? I'd be happy to help. Just drop me a note through Q & A.

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Total Pages
60 Editable PPT slides and 53 PDF and editable PPT pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
Establish and maintain a formal style.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.


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