Letter of Complaint

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If you've ever received bad service or disagreed with a company's decision, writing a letter of complaint might be a good skill to have. Review the format of a letter, author's purpose, and other aspects of persuasive writing with an activity about letters of complaint.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Include in your unit about persuasive writing or the different audiences for a letter
  • After learners finish the activity, encourage them to write a letter of complaint to a company they have patronized, using the same parameters and format as the example; if they send the letters, have them share any replies they receive
Classroom Considerations

  • Go over the author's word choice, noting whether the angry tone is appropriate in this situation
  • Some of the wording and vocabulary is a bit advanced for fourth graders; feel free to use the activity with older learners as well

  • Focuses on writing skills that are versatile to other units and projects
  • Topic and concept will interest even your most reluctant young writers
  • Provides an answer key for straightforward assessment

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