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:
- 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.
- Why is it important to always be clear and respectful when writing an E-mail?
- Why you should never post or send a picture of yourself or of others through E-mail? Extension