Resource 3: Assessing pen-pal letters

Teacher resource for planning or adapting to use with pupils

  1. Does the letter create a lively and interesting picture of the writer? What details could be added to make it more interesting?
  2. Is the information clearly expressed? Is the letter easy to read?
  3. Are different topics dealt with in different paragraphs?
  4. Is it in the correct tense? (A description is likely to be in the present tense.) Is each verb in the present tense or, if not, is there a good reason for a different tense? (You can decide what other structure features you want to focus on in this activity.)

Resource 2: Writing letters

Resource 4: Songs and stories about processes