Objective: The student will express thanks to someone else in
an appropriate manner.
Language Arts Standard: Speaking and Writing, all middle school
The Prop Box with 2 telephones
Writing Materials for Thank You Letter
Appropriate Rubric: One for each student to complete during
each role play
• Identify Need
• Introductory Activity: Brainstorm-times when you needed
to thank someone
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill
1. Look at the person and use their name.
2. Use a pleasant, sincere tone of voice.
3. Say "Thank you for..." and state the act for which
you are expressing gratitude.
4. Offer to help someone with something you can do. "If there
is ever anything I can do for you, please let me know."
5. Always use a sincere tone of voice.
• Model the Skill
• Role Plays/Classroom Discussion - Completion of rubric
• Applications: Write a thank you
note or make a thank you card. Example below:
Dear Aunt Sally,
Thank you so much for the birthday money. I am saving for a new
dirt bike. Your generous gift has really helped me toward meeting
my goal. Your kindness is so deeply appreciated.
• Independent Uses: Write a business thank you letter. Read
letters in class.
for the Role Plays
(Speaker)____________________________ Student (Subject)____________________________
Date: _____________________ Observer's
|Did the student look at the
person and use his name?
|Did the student use a pleasant,
sincere tone of voice?
|Did the student say "Thank
you for.." and state the act for which he is thankful?
|Did the student offer to
help someone with something he could do?
|Did the student use a sincere
tone of voice?
Address in Lesson:
1.2 Identify and interpret figurative language and words with
1.5 Understand shades of meanings in related words.
2.7 Make reasonable assertions about a text through accurate,
1.1 Choose the form of writing (e.g. personal letter, poem or
narrative) that best suits the intended purpose.
1.6 Revise writing to improve the organization and consistency
2.4 Offer a logical sequence of information and engage the listener,
foster an acceptance of an idea.
2.1 Understand and analyze the differences in structure and purpose
between various categories of informational materials.
3.3 Analyze characterization as delineated through thoughts, words
and speech patterns.
1.4 Demonstrate the mechanics of writing (e.g., quotation marks,
commas at the end of dependent clauses) and appropriate English
1.2 Determine a speakerís attitude toward a subject.
1.6 Use speaking techniques, including voice modulation , inflection,
tempo, enunciation and eye contact for effective communication.
1.1 Analyze idioms, analogies, metaphors and similes to infer
the literal and figurative meanings of phrases.
3.4 Analyze the relevance of the setting (e.g. place, time, customs)
to the mood, tone and meaning of text.
2.1 Write a clear, coherent incident, event or situation by using
well chosen details.
2.5 Present information purposely and succinctly and meet the
needs of the intended audience.
1.2 Paraphrase a speakerís purpose and point of view and ask relevant
questions concerning the speakerís content, delivery and purpose.
1.3 Organize information to achieve particular purposes by matching
the message, vocabulary, voice modulation, expression and tone
to the audience and purpose.