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Keywords: Letter Writing, technology, tablet
Subject(s): Spelling, Grammar, Writing, Reading
Grades 2 through 3
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Cape Fear Center for Inquiry, Wilmington, NC
Planned By: Julie Sartorius
Original Author: Julie Sartorius, Wilmington
This lesson is designed to be implemented over three to five 45 minute sessions. It is incorporated as part of our literacy center time, including a time for students to complete word work, writing, teacher guided station and a listening center using a tablet and a five split headphone jack.

The lesson will begin by asking students to think about and share a time when they really wanted something, and when they asked their parents for it, were denied their request. We will then talk about reasons why their request might not have been met. The conversation will be followed by beginning to read the book Dear Mrs. LaRue by Mark Teague. The book will be completed on the second day.

Following the read a loud, students will work in their small group literacy centers.

Word Work: This center is leveled by activity to meet all students spelling needs.

Listening: In small groups, students will listen to a read a loud on a tablet and follow along with the book I Wanna Iguana. After they listen to the book, students will record their thoughts about how the main character was able to persuade his mom on a separate recording sheet.

Teacher Station: I will work with students in small groups to analyze and generate the proper format of a letter, highlighting key words used in persuasive writing.

Writing: Students will write, independently a letter to their parents trying to persuade for a new pet, giving multiple reasons why the pet would be a good addition to their families. After students have revised their writing and had a teacher conference, they will type and print their letters on a laptop.

These stations would continue over several days until all students were able to complete a final draft of their own persuasive letter to share with the class on the last day of their lesson.

Parents could write their child back explaining why they would agree or disagree with their student's argument.
Materials: Mobile Labs, Printers, Headsets, Ports and Hubs, Word Processor
Other Items: 1 Tablet, $400 each, total of $400.00