This letter writing activity is a useful pretest for students in Year 7 who are about to embark on a study of Shakespeare's life and work in English. It tests their preexisting knowledge of Shakespeare's life and work by expecting them to discuss what they know in a way that is familiar to them. It also familiarises them with the letter text type that is not often apparent to the students at this stage. The scaffold on page 2 allows students to 'fill in' the letter structure rather than having to make it from scratch.
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