手紙を書きましょう。

Let's write a letter.

Expanding on our letters.

In yesterday's writing assignment you imagined that are studying abroad in Japan and want to write a letter to your friends in your Japanese class to tell them about what things you do after school in Japan. Using the te form of verbs you helped express different things you do after school. Today we will elaborate on these letters and tell our friends more about going to school in Japan. Rather than focusing on specific aspects of culture, grammar and vocabulary, this lesson is designed to get you thinking about and more comfortable with using the writing process to complete a real world activity like writing a letter in Japanese.

The Writing Process

Pay careful attention to the writing process during this assignment and be sure to carefully follow all of the steps.


If needed, refer to your school Form and Style guide used for your language arts classes. While we will be writing in Japanese, the writing process can be applied to written works in any language as the process is universal.

Step 1 - Review Prior Feedback

Carefully read and examine your feedback from me for yesterday's assignment. If any sentences are grammatically incorrect or need to be fixed, make those corrections. Put those into a Word document that you'll use to write the rest of your letter.

Step 2 - Planning

Plan what else you'd like to put into your letter. In the prior weeks we have discussed many different aspects of going to school in Japan. Out of the prior topics discussed like things we bring to school, classes Japanese students study in school, lunches in school and things Japanese students bring to school, choose one of these topics and elaborate on things you do at your Japanese school as a student.


To start off, generate ideas, organize your thoughts and set your goals for writing. During this stage they retrieve relevant information from their long term memory, group ideas and form new concepts. Consider the goal of writing the work and how that will shape the written work.


To do this part effectively, you will need to take the following into consideration:

Your audience - who will receive this letter?

Your content - remember topics we discussed from prior cultural lessons and discussions.

Your goal - what do you want to convey to your reader and in what format?

Step 3 - Writing your rough draft

After your planning phase, write your rough draft of your letter. Take into consideration grammar, sentence mechanics and spelling but the letter does not have to be perfect at the end of this phase.


By the end, your letter should have a greeting, introduction, body of 2 - 3 paragraphs (one of these paragraphs should be from your prior assignment on after school activities) and a closing.

Step 4 - Editing and Revision

Review your rough draft once it is complete. Think about the mechanics of grammar and make changes to the writing in terms of spelling, punctuation, verb tenses, or perhaps editing or elaborating on some ares of the writing.



Examine the text to make sure the true meaning trying to be conveyed is coming through clearly via what is written.

Step 5 - Peer Review

After a careful self review, send your completed letter to your speaking assignment partner. You can do this via e-mail or the messages feature in Blackboard.


When you receive your partner's letter, you will perform a peer review on their letter. A good peer reviewer checks for the following:


Correct use of grammar and punctuation

Correct spelling

Ensuring the meaning in the letter that comes across makes sense and accomplishes the writer's original goal.


Provide feedback on your partner's letter and send that feedback back to your partner and CC me on the message.

Step 6 - Final Editing and Publishing

When you receive your feedback from your partner's peer review, look over the feedback and make any corrections or changes you see fit. Keep in mind you may need to make changes to the content of the letter to more effectively convey the message you want to send in your letter.


After your revisions, post your finished letter to the class discussion board. In tomorrow's class we will be reviewing and responding to your classmates' finished letters.

How you will be evaluated:

Criteria:


Your finalized letter should have:

  1. a greeting (1 point)
  2. introduction (5 points)
  3. body of 2 - 3 paragraphs (one of these paragraphs should be from your prior assignment on after school activities) (15 points)
  4. a closing (4 points)
Participation in the Peer Review process - CC me on the feedback to your partner. Provide feedback on grammar, vocabulary and spelling as well as whether or not you were able to understand the meaning of the letter and you felt it conveyed the message the writer was trying to convey. (4 points)


Assignment was completed by the due date. (1 point)


Total possible points: 30