Letter to Amy Lesson Plan
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
I include A Letter to Amy as part of an Ezra Jack Keats author study. It's also a good way to kick off a study of letter writing, and students enjoy having their own envelope to address. Try pairing it with Dear Mr. Blueberry, by Simon James. In this lesson, students will "use a variety of forms or genres when writing for different audiences." --Massachusetts English/Language Arts Curriculum Framework
- A Letter to Amy by Ezra Jack Keats
- writing pencils
- writing paper, one sheet per student
- envelopes, one per student
- colored markers
- chart paper
Set Up and Prepare
Come up with an event that your students can share with another class. (You will need a class list from that class.) You might choose to have an art show, a science themed party, or a poetry jam.
Use the chart paper to model an invitation. Give your students the name of a peer from the class list, and have them write an invitation. They can use the colored markers to illustrate or decorate the invitation. When they are done, use the chart paper to show them how to address the envelope. Have your students deliver the invitations, so that they may enjoy their peer's reactions.
Supporting All Learners
Talk to the teacher whose class is being invited to your event. Ask her to talk up the event with her students so that they have a positive response when they receive their invitations.
Put an R.S.V.P. card into the invitation.
Turn your dramatic play area into a post office.
Visit your local post office.
The Official Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Web site www.ezra-jack-keats.org