Conventions of E-mail writing

Description / Objective: Students will learn to how to write appropriate E-mails with an understanding that E-mails leave a digital footprint.

Grade:  Secondary Cycle 2

Vocabulary: Common Sense lesson

  •  E-mail: A letter that is sent electronically to a recipient.
  • header: information at the top of a message that contains the sender’s address and the date
  • greeting: the opening or salutation
  • body: the main part of a message
  • closing: the sign-off or goodbye
  • signature: the sender’s name

Introduction: Inform students that writing an E-mail is similar to writing a letter.. Review the conventions of letter writing: Header, Greeting, Body, Closing, Signature.

Discusion: Point out the last part of the E-mail where it says: P.S. I sent this e-mail to Brain, Francine, Binky, and Muffy, too. I know they’ll want to see your picture in the paper!

Ask the students the following questions:

  1. Was it respectful for Arthur to send the E-mail to Brain, Francine, Binky and Muffy without Buster’s permission? Why? Note that Arthur’s E-mail has now left a digital trail that can’t be erased.
  2. Why is it important to always be clear and respectful when writing an E-mail?
  3. Why you should never post or send a picture of yourself or of others through E-mail? Extension


Common Sense Media Lesson

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