After writing persuasive letters, students are given the option to type their letters into the class blog. One of the benefits of this activity is that when we edit, we only correct spellings of words that are on our word wall. Other, lengthier words, are written the way that they sound and we let those words stand. We don't correct those spellings because the children aren't yet held responsible for those spellings. However, when the students go to type their letters on the computer, spell check automatically underlines the words that are misspelled and some of the children want to correct them to the "right" spelling. This only improves their writing!
Read, enjoy (and comment on!) some of their letters below.
There is always at least one letter every year that just seems to break my heart and this is the letter for this year...
Can you come back, Dad? Can you please? Dad, I haven't seen you since Spring Break. I love you and miss you. I miss you so much and that's why I've written this letter.
Your lonely son
Don't know if Dad is persuaded by this heartfelt plea, but it certainly is a strong persuasive letter!