This is a letter writing unit suitable for grade 4-6. The focus of this unit is to write with a specific point of view. The expectations covered in this unit are:
1.2 - generate ideas about a potential topic using a variety of strategies and resources (e.g. formulate and ask questions to identify personal experiences.)
1.4 - sort ideas and information for their writing in a variety of ways
2.1 write short texts using a variety of forms (e.g. a letter that includes photographs, or drawings and captions)
2.2. establish a personal voice in their writing, with a focus on using concrete words and images to convey their attitude or feeling towards the subject or audience (e.g., words used literally or figuratively to communicate intensity of feeling: a shiver of excitement; hot anger)
Learning Goals: We are learning to write a friendly letter from a specific point of view.
This unit also comes with specific assessments...
Assessment: Writing Focused
Assessment for Learning - Pre-Assessment Task (TBD)
Assessment as Learning – Letter to yourself from the point of view of addictive technology like video games, snapchat, instagram, facebook...etc explaining the negative impacts it can have on your physical, social and emotional life.
Assessment of Learning - Letter to someone from the point of view of alcohol/something addictive or a letter to your body from puberty explaining what changes will occur.
Letter Writing Diagnostic
Write a friendly letter to me (your teacher) introducing yourself to me as if it were the first week of school. You may include any information that you would like for me to know about you. You may consider (but do not have to include):
· your school background
· hobbies, sports, and interests
· things you like/things you hate
· future goals
Your letter should be about 4-5 paragraphs and should include all the components of a friendly letter: date, greeting, paragraphs (4-5) and closing.
You may use the space below for brainstorming (ex. outlining, mind map, jot notes, ideas)
November 10th 2015
Dear Grade 4 students,
The beginning of the school year is all about first impressions, and after the first two months, all of you have formed some thoughts about me. I know a lot of you are thinking, “Wow, she talks a lot.” Some of you sitting near the front may have noticed the green eyes I have or how tall I am. I do actually know I am tall, and enjoy it on most days. Regardless of your first impressions, I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself in a little more detail to you, and in the process I hope to eliminate some of the
questions that students ask me every year.
One question that I am always asked is “Why did you become a teacher?” It’s not because I enjoy talking to kids, and it’s certainly not for the money. I went to school in Toronto. I had some fantastic teachers, some mediocre teachers, and some awful ones, and I always thought I could do much better than some of my teachers did. After graduating high school, I attended U of T, where I majored in Visual Arts. I love art and enjoy drawing and painting when I can. I realized that a major in Visual Art was not going to get me anywhere, so I went to York for Teacher’s College. I am so glad I became a teacher because I love working with children.
Another question that students like to ask me is what I do in my free time. Let’s be clear about one thing: I do not live in the classroom. I do not open a trapdoor and crawl into my home at 3:35. I have a life outside of school, and while I prefer not to run into you at Target or the grocery store, be aware that it may happen if you come to my area. I spend a lot of time with friends and family. I am a big fan of watching adventure and suspenseful TV. I also love cooking and baking which many of you already know about me! Finally, I enjoy being active and playing sports. When I can I play soccer, walk, run and in the winter I like to snowboard.
You will of course learn other things about me throughout the year, such as how irritable I am if I haven’t had my morning coffee. You will also learn how much I love decorating and scrapbooking. You probably already know a lot about me but there is more to learn. I look forward to getting to know all of you in return! Please write me back.
A Letter From The School Nurse
November 18th 2015
There has been a confirmed case of conjunctivitis in your child’s class. dear Parents, Conjunctivitis is also called “pinkeye” which is an infection of the inside of the eyelid and eyeball. it is caused by baktereah or virus. it is contagious which means it can spread. it can be spred by touching infekted i and then touching other things like phones, doors, walls...etc. Symptoms include stinging, Itching or redness of the eye. there may be white sticky stuff called discharge. When walking up in the morning, eyes may have a crust and can be hard to open. vision can also be blurry.
if your child has any of these symptoms, please treat them. We suggest warm compresses on the closed eye/eyes for fiv two ten minutes, at least for times a day. this should be followed by antibiotic eyedrops ordered by your doktor. Follow the directions given.
to prevent spreading, tell your children to not share washclohtes, towels, pillows or eye makeup. they should avoid touchin there eyes and shuld wash hands frequently.
Thank you for your attention.
You are going to rewrite this letter but you are going to rewrite it without any errors. Make sure you check for spelling, punctuation and grammar. Ask yourself “does this sound right?” when you are re-reading the letter.