Lessons that Teach Kids Social and Business Writing Skills
Transactional Writing Lessons start with the purpose of communicating ideas and information between individuals. Transactional writing includes a broad range of text types, such as business letters, friendly emails, invitations, speeches, and interviews. Students need to learn both social and business writing formats to be successful in school, the workplace, and social settings.
Why Use Transactional Lessons
Even in the age of technology with chats, texts, tweets, and emails, students must learn the essential skills and formats particular to transactional writing. Forms and structures speed up reading and clarify writing that acts as communication with friends, family, colleagues, employers, and others in school, at work, and socially.
How to Use Transactional Lessons
The six parts of the Transactional Writing Lesson take teachers and students about two weeks to accomplish. Process Writing Lessons use the standard forms, or structures of transactional writing; and help students understand when each is used.
Printable and projectable resources for each developmental level, such as writing samples and graphic organizers, support teaching and modeling the writing process for all types of learners.
Leveled expectations (for beginning, early developing, developing, and fluent writers) appear in the sidebars of each lesson and guide teachers to adapt the lesson to best match each student's needs.
Students independently apply the writing process to their own transactional writing.
Resources with each text type lesson
- Lesson plan
- Graphic organizer sample
- Writing sample
- Graphic organizer
- Revision checklist
- Classroom poster
Review the links provided next to each set of text type resources to determine if a particular text type lesson has digital lesson and practice support. When available, digital tools walk students through the steps of the writing process as they complete an online composition. Students submit their writing to you for scoring, and reports allow you to track progress and see improvement.