A Letter of Complaint Have students think of their favorite candy bar or clothing item. Write a letter to the president and share your opinion on a current event with him.
As students develop an understanding of how writing can influence or change another's thoughts or actions, they can begin to understand the persuasive nature of the marketing they are exposed to through television, the Internet, and other media.
What are the problems with the system? What would be confusing about them? So they then write a letter to the magazine giving their comments.
Letter-writing can provide a focus for a wide range of learning objectives, while also teaching students valuable practical skills that will serve them well beyond their school years, both in their personal and work lives.
Letters are a physical thing and their increasing rarity make them seem even more intimate today. There is ample opportunity here to link letter-writing learning with approaches to writing emails too.
Give learners the inappropriately informal letter Worksheet 1. Just as the opening salutation to an informal letter is much more relaxed, so too will the closing salutation. Finally, take the answers back to the original class for reading and discussing.
Emphasise that the model is only one possible way of re-writing the letter - this can lead to a discussion on whether any differences are equally correct.