Investigating Junk Mail: Negotiating Critical Literacy at the Mailbox

Junk mail is not quite as obtrusive as junk telephone calls, and it can serve a purpose beyond just recycling. This lesson plan for grades 3-5 has students examine pieces of junk mail to see what their purpose is. They sort the mail into categories, look to see how effective the mail is considering the category, and look at the audience the mail is aimed at. As part of the critical thinking aspect of this lesson, students then rewrite the mail to make it more honest, or funny, or even hyperbolic. The student objectives are given, and the lesson is divided into three sessions.

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