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Lesson series on letter writing.
  • You will learn the difference between formal and informal letters
  • You will learn what the structure is of a formal letter
  • You will learn what type of language to use in a letter
  • You will learn what type of information you could include in a letter

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What could be reasons for writing a letter/email to someone?

Slide 3 - Open question

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Letter writing
Watch the video on the next slide on basic letter writing, and answer the questions on the following slides.

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Slide 6 - Video

Name an example of someone you would write an informal letter/email to
Your teacher
Your friend
The mayor
Someone you've never met

Slide 7 - Quiz

Who could you write a formal letter to?
Your grandmother
Your neighbour
Your boss
A close friend

Slide 8 - Quiz

Where should you include the date of writing?
In the bottom left corner
At the top and at the bottom on the right
It does not need to be included
In the top right corner

Slide 9 - Quiz

How should you start your letter, after you've filled in the date?

Slide 10 - Open question

What do you think could be the difference between formal and informal language in a letter?

Slide 11 - Open question

Formal language
Informal language
Hey dude, how's it going?
I am writing this email to file a complaint
Dear Mr Burnsley,
Dear James,
He's always doing so much stuff.
Your book sucks.
I do not think the novel is suitable for young adults.

Slide 12 - Drag question

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So what about your letter?
The letter you're going to write for the PART test  is going to be a letter of opinion about Shakespeare and hist plays.


Now watch the film clip and then answer the questions on the following slides.

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You are writing a letter to a publisher or editor. Do you think it is it formal or informal?
More formal
More informal

Slide 15 - Quiz

Slide 16 - Video

Now that you know it's a formal letter to the author of your book, how do you think you should end?

Slide 17 - Open question

What kind of structure do you think you should use in your letter?

Slide 18 - Open question

Your opinion of the subject + explanation of why you think this.

Slide 19 - Mind map

How could you start your introduction?

Slide 20 - Open question

Grading criteria
1. The correct use of English
2. Content of your letter including points in assignment and knowledge of Shakespeare, his life and work
3. Your writing skill in structuring and communicating your message 

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1. The format of your letter

Structure of your letter
Appropriate ending

Dear Mr / Ms. .... ,




Yours sincerely,

First + last name

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Your English skills 
Vocabulary / register
Sentence construction

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Content of your letter 
You follow the assignment.
Make clear links to the information in the assignments of the project.
 Give examples and explanations. 
Meet the word count (about 200 words)
Follow the rules of correctly addressing your audience.
Present a clear personal opinion.

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Test prep.
Write down the sections of the project and short notes on what you learned about each:
example: Shakespeare's plays and the Globe - women were not allowed in plays, young boys played their parts; Globe was a new type of theater different than medieval
Don't forget to find support for your opinions, give examples, explain them.

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How prepared do you feel for the test now?
What test?
Not very prepared
A little prepared
Somewhat prepared
Very prepared

Slide 26 - Poll

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Today's lesson
We will recap what we need to do in the test week
We will look at some useful vocabulary for our letter
We will look at essential layout
We will practice a letter.

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Look at the template

Do you think you can use this for your practice letter on page 49 and 50 in your Reader? 

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The introduction: 
Tell the editor
Why are you writing? 
What did you think of Katherine's opinion?
 Points she mentions.
What is your opinion of the authorship debate (opinion)

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Useful language for your introduction:
I am writing to you because... 
I have read the letter by .......... and ..........
I have recently been studying Macbeth.....................
Students at school recently gave a presentation about ....... . 
I read that Mr Kathman and Mr Ross ....... and I am of exactly the same mind.  
I am afraid I must disagree with.......
While the writers have a point, I still believe..........

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2 or 3 Main paragraphs (body)  
Your opinion authorship question
Who are possible writers, and who are not likely
examples from the Shakespeare project to support your opinion
Why do you have this opinion
Why was Shakespeare so important then and now?
Is this debate still relevant? Why (not)?

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Useful language for the body paragraph:
a) I am writing to express my opinion about ….
b)There are several other possible authors, such as (name of the people). 
c) It is very possible that (name) was the true writer, mainly because of .... (facts about person and the works). 
d) For example ....... (find something to support your opinion)
e) On the other hand, it is unlikely.....

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Conclusion/Final paragraph 
Your opinion of whether students should learn about Shakespeare
would you want to see a play or learn about another one? 
The things that you found important in the project
 summary of what the good/bad points were

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Useful language for the conclusion:
Finally, I think that if ...... (play / project) had been  ...... (your own idea) then this would have made the classes more educational/interesting/exciting. 
In summary, I want to say how much I liked/disliked this project and that 
a) I definitely want to read/see more Shakespeare in the future.
b) I am unlikely to enjoy or seek out Shakespeare in the future.

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How prepared do you feel for the test now?
What test?
Not very prepared
A little prepared
Somewhat prepared
Very prepared

Slide 36 - Poll