I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Someone a Letter

Do you save copies of the letters you write? The letters you receive? How would you feel if your old letters were resurrected and made public by a historian or archivist? Would we find they adhered to the conventions of letter writing? What purposes for your letters would we uncover?

Through the vast online resources available from EDSITEment, you and your students can read the correspondence of the famous, the infamous and the ordinary, some of whom lived through extraordinary times.

Use these fascinating letters as a starting point for discussion of and practice in the conventions and purposes of letter writing.

Guiding Questions

What are the conventions of letter-writing?

How is letter-writing used for various types of communication?

Learning Objectives

After completing this lesson, students will be able to: List at least five conventions of letter writing.

Cite at least five purposes for letter writing.

Send a letter electronically (if the technology is available).