First students reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses, writing about what they do well and what they could improve upon. Then they read a sample advertisement for a summer camp and an application letter one student wrote seeking admission. Afterward, students begin work on their own application letters:
- Prewriting activities help students read ads for different opportunities, choose an ad, gather and organize details for a letter, and understand the structure of a business letter.
- Writing activities help students write an opening that greets the reader and names the position the person is applying for, middle paragraphs that explain the qualities and experiences that the writer can offer to the organization, and a closing that encourages the reader to respond.
- Revising activities help students improve the level of interest in their writing voice, smooth out sentence style, and use a peer response and checklist to improve their letters.
- Editing activities help students correct the use of commas and colons, improve capitalization, and check for correct letter formatting.
- Publishing activities help students create a clean final copy of their work and reflect on their letter writing.