This article draws from the Power Up WHAT WORKS website, particularly the Drafting Instructional Strategy Guide.
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The lesson plan, which is outlined below, details what Mr.
Bradford will do during the three phases of the lesson: before drafting, during drafting, and after drafting.
(See UDL Checkpoint 9.3: Develop self-assessment and reflection).
Create a rubric for students (or provide them with a published rubric) to use for self-reflection.This objective aligns with the following Common Core State Standards: Mr.Bradford uses technology throughout his curriculum. During this lesson, he will use an interactive whiteboard and a document camera to demonstrate and model how to draft leads.Teaching children how to write letters can be a fun experience.Even though traditional letter writing has taken a backseat to other popular forms of electronic correspondence, such as emails and texts, it's still an important skill children need to practice.My children recently wrote the president a letter, and they were so happy to receive a packet of goodies in the mail from the White House. My two middle boys have been big fans of Tim Tebow.My oldest son loves Jay Leno's amazing car collection, so he wrote Jay a letter to discuss it. After they read his book, Through My Eyes, they wrote him a letter. I really like using children's literature to teach concepts, and there are many wonderful children's books that show letter writing in action.Check out your local library for some of these treasures.Strategies include color coding sample words and phrases that can be combined into sentences, modeling sentence combining, and teaching students to use transition words.Show students how to write different types of sentences, paragraphs, and other draft texts for diverse purposes and audiences.