Email Etiquette: A MS English Language Arts Lesson

Title of Lesson: Email Etiquette

Course Name: 8th Grade ELA

Grade Level: 8

Author’s Name: Rebekah A. Daubert

School District: Lebanon School District

PA Academic Standards for English Language Arts
CC.1.4. Writing
CC.1.4.8.B.  Identify and introduce the topic clearly, including a preview of what is to follow.
CC.1.4.8.E.  Write with an awareness of the stylistic aspects of composition.
  • Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
  • Use sentences of varying lengths and complexities.
  • Create tone and voice through precise language.
  • Establish and maintain a formal style.
CC.1.4.8.F.  Demonstrate a grade appropriate command of the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, capitalization, punctuation, and    spelling.
PA Academic Standards for Career Education and Work
13.2.  Career Acquisition (Getting a Job)
13.2.8.C. Prepare a draft of career acquisition documents, such as, but not limited to:
  • Job application
  • Letter of appreciation following an interview
  • Letter of introduction
  • Request for letter of recommendation
Learning Objectives
Students will be able to:
  • Compose a clearly written, appropriate work email.
  • Understand appropriate use of technology in the workplace.
Conceptual Background
This is a lesson for beginners. The only required knowledge are basic typing skills and friendly letter format.
Instructional Procedure
Note: The pacing for this lesson is to be completed in three simultaneous 20-minute hybrid learning rotations.
Independent Station (20 Minutes)
Watch the video Sending a Professional Email.
Complete the assignment “How to Write Professional Emails.”
  • Assignment:  As you watch the video “Sending a Professional Email,” take notes on each step.  Take a picture of your notes and submit it via Schoology (or any other LMS).
Collaborative Station (20 Minutes)
Direct Station (20 Minutes)
Talk about sending messages on Schoology (or emails) to professionals.  Review the proper way to write/send a message to a teacher.  Compose a message to Mrs. Daubert requesting help by:
  • following all Focus Correction Areas (FCA’s).
  • reading your work back to yourself.
  • having a peer read and give you feedback.
  • re-reading, editing, and revising to make sure your work is free from errors.
Formative Assessment
The writing assignment from the direct station will serve as a formative assessment.  The focus correction areas for the assignment are as follows:
  • Follow conventions of writing for a professional tone.
  • Use tone appropriate for your audience.
  • Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood.
Materials Needed
Video:  Sending a Professional Email
Article:  10 Tips on How to Write a Professional Email
The Writing Center at Wallace Community College. (2016, January 12). How To Send A Professional Email
Nordquist, R. (2018, February 17). How to Write a Professional Email

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