Nicole Volpi Informative Letter Writing Writers Workshop

Nicole volpi informative letter writing writers workshop

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Nicole Volpi
Informative Letter Writing- Writer’s Workshop
Rationale: I chose this lesson because students love animals. They are always curious and
want to know more. By letting them research something they are interested in it keeps
them motivated and on task. When they find something cool out about an animal they are
going to want to share this information, which is why they will write an informative letter
to share their knowledge

Common Core State Standards:
W.1.2 Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts
about the topic, and provide some sense of closure

Given a text about animals, students will research and write an informative letter with
70% accuracy

Texts on animals
Letter writing paper
• “All my writers please join me on the carpet.”
• “We have been working on letter writing for a few weeks. So far we have written
friendly letters, and persuasive letters, but today we are going to work on
informative letters.”
• “An informative letter looks the same as the other two letters we have written,
only the information you are writing about is different.”
• “In these types of letters you are writing to give someone information on a topic.”
• “The topic we are going to use for our letters today is animals.”
• “We are all going to choose an animal that we would like to research and write
• “The animal you choose may be in its own book, or inside a book with many
• “Before you work on your own letter we are going to practice one together.”
Active Engagement:
• Take out the Explore and Discover Mammals text

• “This book is all about mammals. On each page there is a different animal.”
• Look through book

• Stop on elephant page
• “I love elephants and want to know more about them! For my informative letter I
am going research elephants.”
• Read the page on elephant’s out loud

• “When writing an informative letter it is important to identify important facts that
you want to tell the person you are writing to.”
• (On the board) “Here is a graphic organizer we will use to write our letters. On
the top it asks for the topic, that is the animal you have researched. So I will write
elephant in that spot.”
• “Next there are three fact spots, here is where we write three facts we would like
to share with the person we are writing to.”
• “What are some facts we learned about elephants that I can include in my letter?”
o When an elephant is born it weighs 320 lbs

o Elephants love taking baths and give themselves a shower through their

o A baby elephant can walk one hour after it is born

• “Great! I will write them in each of the fact spots.”
• “At the bottom of the graphic organizer it asks who you are writing to, I am going
to write my letter to my mom because she likes animals.”
• “Once the graphic organizer is finished we will use this to write our informative
letter, just like we’ve done in the past with other letters.”
• On board use document camera to show letter writing paper

• “What do we put at the top of our letter” (date)
• “Here is where you address the person you are writing to, just like in other letters

I am going to write Dear Mom,”
• “Now here I am going to tell my mom about the three facts I learned about
• “At the bottom I will sign my name so she knows who wrote her this letter.”
• “Quickly turn and talk to your neighbor about what we are going to be doing
Independent Application:
• “I would like you all to go back to your seats. In your book bins there are books
on animals. When I call your table color you may visit your bin and find a book
on an animal you would like to learn more about.”
• “While you are reading I will pass out the graphic organizer. I want you to fill it
out just like we did together.”
• “When that is completed raise your hand and we will go over your graphic
organizer to make sure you found three good facts.”
• “If your facts are good you can create your letter just like we did together.”
• Let students find a book

• Pass out materials

• Check to make sure students are on task

• Conference with students to make sure they have found good facts and know how
to put them into their letter

• Help with letters when needed

• Bring the class together again

• “Why would you right an informative letter to someone?”
• “Right, to inform them, or give them information on something.”
• “I would like a few volunteers to come up and read the letters they wrote.”
• Have students read letters

• “Great job today!”
• Students filling out the graphic organizer will show they have researched and
found facts to use in their informative letter

• Using their graphic organizer to write the letter will show students can use text to
find facts, and use those facts to inform another person

• The animal texts students read on their own will be based on their reading level

• If students are struggling to write letters I can have them use a paper that lists
every detail they need to have like date, greeting, signature etc

Future Connections:
• Using texts for research

• Using facts to inform someone

• Letter writing

Informative letters.” • “An informative letter looks the same as the other two letters we have written, only the information you are writing about is different.” • “In these types of letters you …

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to write an informative letter?

Here are seven steps you can take to write an informative letter: 1. Research your topic As the goal of an informative letter is to convey facts to an audience, you might start your writing process by gathering the information you plan to include in the letter.

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