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Digital Citizenship- Writing Good Emails

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the difference and similarity in writing emails and letters.
Josian T.
Classroom teacher
International School of Monagas
Maturin, Venezuela
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies

Students will be able to...

  • identify the five main parts of email/letter writing.
  • identify the main parts of letter writing.
  • compare and contrast the format of letter writing to that of writing emails.
  • proofread a draft of an email.
English Language Arts
Grades 2
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1 Hook

Read about two short letters you have received from students. Pass letter out for students to see

 Draw a Venn diagram on chart paper.  Label one EMAIL and the other Letters.  Ask how are emails and letter similar? How are emails and letter different?

EXPLAIN that email is a popular way to send messages to one another digitally. If a person has an email account, that person can send and receive emails through the Internet. Tell students that, as a class, they are going to explore how writing emails and writing letters are similar, as well as different.  

Student Instructions

Students to unscramble huge letter tiles to spell the words email and letter. Record answers on whiteboard.

2 Direct Instruction

Distribute the You’ve got Mail Student Handout. Both students and teacher will read and explain what each term means.

On the board, draw an outline of a body.

Tell the students that before they begin writing a letter, there are some things they need to know—namely, the parts that make up the letter.

The first part is the greeting. Next to the head, write "greeting" and explain that a letter begins with a greeting. It's how we say hello.

Move down to the body. Tell students that a letter must also have a body. The body is where the actual content of the letter is located.

Move down to the feet. Tell students that a letter must have a closing, and the feet are the closing of the letter. It's how we say goodbye.

POINT OUT similarities between the parts of the letter and the email on page 1 of the You’ve Got Mail Student Handout by comparing how both examples have a header, greeting, body, closing, and signature.

Review what each section means

Student Instructions

View sample email outline on smart board. https://www.teachervision.com/educational-technology/parts-email-message


3 Guided Practice

In pairs, students will read the instructions for You’ve Got Mail Student Handout and complete the same.

Discussion ensues.

Remind students that they should always proofread their emails by double-checking their work. They should consider the following five guidelines.

Does the email have ...

1. a clear and specific subject line?

2. a greeting, closing and signature?

3. proper capitalization?

4. proper punctuation?

5. correct spelling?

Student Instructions

Students will watch PBS Kids’ “Arthur’s Letter Writer Helper: Email” (www.pbskids.org/arthur/ games/letterwriter/email.html) to highlight the different parts of an email.

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Assessing

Remind students to proofread before checking for correct spelling, proper grammar and to ensure that all the part for the email are properly labelled.


  • Enrichment: Have advanced students write a paragraph-long body.
  • Support: Give struggling students one-on-one assistance during Independent Working Time.
Student Instructions

Students will compose an email using graphic organizer.

Have each student write to a friend.

In the body of the letter, have each student tell one thing he/she likes about their new school.

    5 Wrap-Up

    Activity: Presenting

    Check each students' sample email for the different parts.

    Use this time to assess students' understanding of how a letter is different from an email.

    Student Instructions

    Allow the students to read their email.