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How to Write an Email That Gets Good Results

Grade Levels
7th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
Formats Included
  • Word Document File
  • Internet Activities
6 pages
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As teachers, we’re often on the receiving end of emails that hurt the writer’s cause. Sometimes, the tone is overly demanding. Other times the email hasn't been proofread or IS IN ALL CAPS. SERIOUSLY. WHY????? And then there are the emails our students sometimes choose for themselves... Sigh. We also know, however, that our students will almost definitely be in situations where they'll make important first impressions through email. All of which is to say, it's worth spending a couple of days on a specific lesson meant to bring common email mistakes to their attention.

In this lesson plan you'll find:

-A step by step guide for the teacher, including a discussion question to kick off the lesson.

-A handout for students comparing formal, informal, and somewhat formal emails.

-Classwork in which students must write both a formal and informal email on similar topics.

-A homework assignment in which students email you, the teacher, to request a grade change.

-A two-page handout explaining the grades you've given for the email homework so you don't have to send individual feedback.


This is an English teaching resource from Roxanna Elden, author of See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers and creator of the new teacher Disillusionment Power Pack. If you’d like to sign up for monthly emails with free resources and funny, honest, practical tips for teachers, please visit www.roxannaelden.com.

Total Pages
6 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.


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