Using their knowledge from reading the literature, students will be the voice of Early Whitcomb and compose a letter to his Uncle Jesse trying to persuade him to allow him to join him in Colorado. 
Students will demonstrate correct letter writing components along with writing with perspective and voice. After reading Jesseu2019s letter about finding gold, but also about that his life may be in danger, Early responds with a letter trying to persuade Jesse to allow him to join him in Colorado. -Each student will compose a letter, check that the letter writing components are correct, address an envelope and submit to the class mailbox. -Follow up the following day by having groups read letters together charting the similarities and differences between the different arguments. Assessment: -Assessment will include: -active engagement by students -cooperative and supportive teamwork -correct letter writing components -persuasive arguments that are relevant to the story

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
GLE 0501.3.2
Write in various modes and genres, including narration, literary response, personal expression, description, and imaginative.
GLE 0501.8.1
Use previously learned comprehension strategies before, during, and after reading.
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  • "I Witness: Hard Gold: The Colorado. . ." by Avi
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  • Envelopes