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Curriculum
Letters to the Editor
Grade: 5-8
Subject(s): Writing
Required products: Tool Factory Word Processor
Materials
  • Tool Factory Word Processor
    Overview
    Students write letters to the editor of the school newspaper expressing their views on a particular issue. These letters are arranged on 2-3 pages of the newspaper.
    Instructions
    1) Student open the "Letters to the Editor" template in Tool Factory Word Processor.
    2) This template may be used as an example or it can be saved as the student's own.
    3) If the student decides to use the template, he/she may add images, change the style of text, resize the boxes, etc.
    4) Once the editor has received all the letters for the upcoming issue of the school newspaper, the student compiles them and begins to enter them into the worksheet.
    5) Remind the student to run the spell check, proofread the text of each letter, and save.
    6) If more space is needed, the student may copy the template or create a new page of his/her own design.
    Printable Worksheets
    Mac users: To download, ctrl-click on the worksheet and choose "save link to disk"
  • Letter to the Editor Template
    Downloadable Worksheets
    Mac users: To download, ctrl-click on the worksheet and choose "save link to disk"
  • Letter to the Editor Template
    Correlation
    Choose your standard:
    McREL Writing Standard 1, Level 3, #13: The student writes business letters and letters of request and response (e.g., uses business letter format; states purpose of the letter; relates opinions, problems, requests, or complaints; uses precise vocabulary).