Letter writing is a very engaging and authentic way to learn formatting, punctuation and grammar. The activities in this unit should be learned in tandem with actual letter writing to aunts, uncles or other special far-away people. That way, students can learn and practice the letter writing skills and then apply them in their own letters. It would be especially rich to include their thoughts about books they are reading.
Writing reports and other kinds of informational pieces is a skill unto itself. It requires an understanding of organizing and sequencing thoughts, tying them together in a way that makes sense to the reader and sometimes a bit of research. It is recommended that students participate in writing their own informational essay on a topic of their choice. This will allow them to apply all that they are learning through the exercises in this unit.
This lesson covers everything that young writers need to know about titles. Students will learn about the purpose of titles, strategies for creating a great title, and familiarize themselves with punctuation and capitalization conventions of titles.
Crafting a grabby title and headings is an important skill. A title is the first thing a reader sees, and frames the rest of the piece. In this lesson, students will learn strategies to create and correctly capitalize grabby titles.