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Grade 4 : Business Letter Writing

Instructional Design: Eugénie Dubé and Monique Noël-Palkun

Stage 1 - Desired Results

Established Goals:
Use personal writing to reflect on ideas, information and experiences. (1.2)
Organize text into sections that relate to and develop the topic. (3.3)

The children will identify  and create a business letter and envelope using the six steps needed in a business letter.  

ICT Outcomes:
Below is a pdf file identifying all of the ICT outcomes touched on throughout this project. Click on the file to download it to your computer.

Enduring Understandings:
The students will understand how the organizational structure of texts can assist in constructing meaning.(2.2)

Essential Questions:
How does the organizational structure of texts help understand the message?

Students will know and be able to:
Identify the key components of a business letter.
Say what needs to be said in clear, brief manner.
Use appropriate language.
How to be tactful, especially when complaining about a situation.
Use pre-established criteria to provide support and feedback to peers on their print texts. (4.1)

Stage 2 - Assessment Evidence

Performance Task(s)
The students will complete a complete business letter, addressing the situation being presented (writing to a character from our novel study). The business letter will demonstrate all the needed parts as well as an envelope.

Other Evidence (Quizzes, test, etc)
tests, teacher observation, letter, rubric
recognize a business letter when presented with one.

Self Assessment
self-evaluation rubric
written self-evaluation by each student

Stage 3 - Learning Plan

Teaching and Learning Activities
Discuss with the children the purpose of a business letter, and its importance.
View and discuss several examples of business letters being used for different situations.
Introduce the six parts to a business letter.
Practise the creation of each part in isolation.

Write a letter to Mr. Popper and use theses questions to guide you. Do you need some information from the individual?  Do you want someone to do something for you?  Do you want to speak out and tell people how you feel?  Do you want to say thank-you for something you have received?
Create a draft business letter, assuring that all parts are represented.
Edit individually and with a partner, looking for content, sentence structure, vocabulary, capitalization, punctuation and spelling.

Lab period 1: Practice proper position to work at computer. Proper finger position on keyboard. Open a new word processing document, show how to set and show rulers for text formatting. Show how to format: single or double space lines, font points, font choice, alignment, and tab key.
Lab period 2: Review what was covered last period. Show how to insert a footer and page #. Open a new word processing document and start typing your business letter.
Lab period 3: Review what was covered last period. Show students how to search for and add clippings. Show how to select dictionary and spell check.
Lab period 4: Complete your letter, spell check and print. Drag the envelope template from the assignment folder to your own. Open it up and address it. Print.
Lab period 5 and 6: Work on the friendly letter. Use all you have learned to format properly a friendly letter.

For students with English as  second language - IPP

Variation in content

Task is more basic

The webbing of the letter will be done with a teacher.  Direction will be given on the structure of the sentences.  A spell / grammar check will be done by the computer and then again by the teacher with the student.

The envelope will be completed with the teacher.

Additional Teacher Resources
These are documents for teachers and/or students that were developed to support the project.  Documents will always be available in pdf format as well as in the original format created (e.g. MS Word, AppleWorks, Inspiration, etc)


Click to download Rubric Letter-Writing-Rubric.pdf

Student Exemplars

The following exemplars represent an excellent and adequate student samples. Please click on the exemplar to download a copy.

 Last Modified: 30 July,2005