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.