Reading A-Z resources organized into weekly content-based units and differentiated instruction options.
Transactional Writing Lessons start with the purpose of communicating
ideas and information between individuals. Transactional writing includes
a broad range of text types, such as business letters, friendly emails,
invitations, speeches, and interviews. Students need to learn both social
and business writing formats to be successful in school, the workplace,
and social settings.
Even in the age of technology with chats, texts, tweets, and emails, students must learn the
essential skills and formats particular to transactional writing. Forms and structures speed up
reading and clarify writing that acts as communication with friends, family, colleagues,
employers, and others in school, at work, and socially.
The six parts of the Transactional Writing Lesson take teachers and students about two weeks to
accomplish. Process Writing Lessons use the standard forms, or structures of transactional
writing; and help students understand when each is used.
Printable and projectable resources for each developmental level, such as writing samples and
graphic organizers, support teaching and modeling the writing process for all types of
Leveled expectations (for beginning, early developing, developing, and fluent writers) appear in
the sidebars of each lesson and guide teachers to adapt the lesson to best match each student's
Students independently apply the writing process to their own transactional writing.
Review the links provided next to each set of text type resources to determine if a particular
text type lesson has digital lesson and practice support. When available, digital tools walk
students through the steps of the writing process as they complete an online composition.
Students submit their writing to you for scoring, and reports allow you to track progress and
a formal letter dealing with business, usually written to an unknown reader or group of readers
a quick, convenient electronic form of communication between acquaintances, which often includes topics of personal interest
a written form of communication with a friendly tone, often about topics of personal interest
a composition read aloud to an audience that presents interesting and useful information
a written account of a conversation between two or more individuals
a polite written request for a person important to the sender to participate or to be present at a function or event
a frequently updated newsletter or journal for the general public, which often contains the author's thoughts, comments, and personal point of view
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