Reading & Writing Unit: Epistolary Fiction

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Room 213
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9th - 12th
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This bundle of engaging reading and writing activities has mini-lessons that give students background information on epistolary fiction - a genre that uses letters, journals, or diary entries to tell stories.

Students will explore mentor texts that have used this technique and then try it out for themselves in their own writing. The bundle highlights modern versions of epistolary fiction, as well as authors who have extended this technique to include other forms of communication to  tell stories and illustrate character. Be sure to download the preview to get a detailed look at the lessons and activities

You will be able to choose from the following activities for your students:

  • Writing a letter to someone living or dead who inspires them
  • Using special narrative techniques for exploring character and ideas
  • Using Kobe Bryant’s Dear Basketball as an inspiration for a poem of their own
  • Learning how to write a formal email or business letter (and when to use a colon)
  • Writing letters or diary entries that could be added to the novel they are reading

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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