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 freshmen 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) on email etiquette.
You might be surprised to learn that 91% of people check their email daily. It's a real-life skill. Email is the #1 app used on a smart phone. In short, email matters. We need to teach students how to represent themselves well when communicating in this genre.
In this mini-unit (which lasts approximately 3-5 days, depending on how long discussions go), 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.
Included in this product, you will find:
- A 27 slide PDF presentation to introduce email etiquette and guidelines
- Student notes to correspond with the presentation
- 12 task cards featuring etiquette errors with an answer sheet and an answer key
- 5 additional engaging practice activities that can be used in small group, partner, writer's workshop, whole class, individual, or homework format with suggested answer keys
- A suggested use guide and video links to enrich your discussions and lessons
The beauty of this lesson is that it's 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. Grading? 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 email etiquette.
Questions? I'd be happy to help. Just drop me a note through Q & A.
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