A Lesson in Writing Letters for Elementary Students

Duration: 1.5 hours

Students will investigate a correspondence between Thomas Jefferson and his granddaughter Cornelia Randolph. The students will make predictions about what Thomas Jefferson and Cornelia would write about, and compare the style of writing of the past to our style of writing letters today. Students will also analyze the letter-writing conventions used in their correspondence.

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  • I hope you will excuse my bad writing: Cornelia Jefferson Randolphs 1st Letter     View  |  Download

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Grade Level

Elementary School

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Document Analysis

Author Info

Lindsay Kamide
Johnson Elementary
1645 Cherry Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903