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TITLE: Using Prominent Personalities With Identifiable Social Causes to Stimulate Writing AUTHOR: Pat Hall, L.E. Rader Center GRADE LEVELS: All male special education students, ages l4 to 19 years old taught in an English Lab setting. OVERVIEW: Due to varied family situations, many of these special education students have gaps in their educational backgrounds. Each student is treated as an individual and is taught at his level of functioning. An effort is made to provide background experiences using a multi-media approach such as stories, plays, computers, videos and cameras prior to asking for written feedback. PURPOSE: The purpose of this lesson is to teach the students to write a friendly letter. It is important that students be given background information meaningful or of interest to them. Grammar skills including sentence and paragraph structure are addressed when their writing assignments are given. OBJECTIVE(s): The students will be able to (l) Recall previously learned material (2) Practice writing complete sentences (3) Demonstrate the ability to write five sentence paragraphs (4) Demonstrate using proper letter format (5) Show an ability to use proper punctuation RESOURCES: Action Magazine, Adventures for Readers, Book II, Champions of Change, "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings," video, "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" ACTIVITIES AND PROCEDURES: (1) Review vocabulary words (2) Read a short story entitled, "The Dentist,"Action Magazine (3) Read "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings," Adventures for Readers (4) Read "Maya Angelou," Champions of Change (5) Watch video "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" TYING IT TOGETHER: Students will write a proper letter to Maya Angelou. This assignment became even more meaningful when Maya Angelou wrote a response to the class.