Direct Instruction

The learning intention for this lesson was for the learners to work collaboratively to understand what a letter is. Learners would then write their own letter.

This lesson is the 1st of a 3 part project that I'll be doing with this group of learners about building huts.

The video shows a reading/writing lesson where the learners are focusing on understanding what a letter is and then writing their own letter.

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This is a start of a mini project that I'll be doing with these learners. Before I taught this lesson we discussed what we would be doing and this was very engaging for my learners. I introduced the idea of a letter to the learners and from their response I could understand that some of them were familiar with what a letter was and some weren't. I need to stop talking so much and get my learners leading more of the conversations and this is something I'm continually trying to do, I found it hard in this lesson because the idea of a 'letter' was really hard for them to understand. The video doesn't show us talking about how we finish our letter, or much about what we will write in it because I let my learners decide how they would write it. My learners were really engaged in writing their letters and getting them finished and had to be reminded that it was a process that we had to go through or we couldn't build the huts. I left the date and the middle of the 2nd letter out because I wanted the learners to be able to see it and fix it.

Things to note

It was a complete coincidence that Mr Jacobsen (Associate Principal) came into our class but I left it in the movie because it made it real for my learners and gave them more of a purpose and motivation to write. The filming on one camera stopped halfway through so you can see that the 2 camera views stop halfway through the movie. I'm having to constantly move my phone around to capture the audio especially for some of my more quiet learners.

Class Site Content

WALT: understand what a letter is and how to write one.

  • We will be working as a group to understand what a letter is we will then write our own letter to Mr Jacobsen.


We will discuss what a letter is and why people use them. Why do you think we need to use one? We will talk about the different parts of a letter, the greeting, the body and then the ending with the signature.


Learners will send their letters via email and will wait for a response from Mr Jacobsen. We will focus on what we are going to be saying in our letter, what is important?

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Zac Moran

Manaiakalani Education Trust

PO Box 18 061, Glen Innes

Auckland, New Zealand