American Lit: Reading and Writing a Letter to the Editor

Standard: ELAGSE11-12RI4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term or terms over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).

Learning Target: I can evaluate the effectiveness of multiple editorial letters based on criteria.

Opening Session: Let’s go over the “How to Write a Letter to the Editor” list on page 253 in your book!

Work Session: Today we’re going to read an article called “Why I Hate Cell Phones,” which is a letter to the editor of a newspaper. As you read, consider the tone of the writing and why the author feels the way she does.

When we finish reading, you guys will have the rest of class to compose your own letter to an editor in which you go against Sara’s position in “Why I Hate Cell Phones.”

Closing Session: I’ll take 3 volunteers to share their letters!

Assessment: Informal (book check)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)

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