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Letter Writers doing
“Write” for the Illiterate
Lesson to go with Video Clip
from the Brazilian Film
“Central Station”
Content Standard
NCSS Standard
1. Culture and cultural diversity
Explore and Describe similarities and
differences in the ways groups, societies
and cultures address similar human needs
and concerns.
Targets
1. Explore the tradition of letter writing
2. Explore the problem of illiteracy
3. Explore the letter writer and groups that
use this service.
Resources
Women of Letters Doing Write for the
Illiterate
www.smh.comau/articles/2003/06/11/1055
220661012.html
Business Booms for Ancient Afghan Letter
Writing Art
http://www.dawn.com/news/824352/busine
ss-booms-for-ancient-afghan-letter-writingart
Resources
New Technology poses challenge to
Mexico City’s traditional scribes
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/nationwo
rld/mexico/20121007-new-technologyposes-challenge-to-capitals-traditionalscribes.ece
Movie “Central Station”
Directed by Walter Salles (1998)
Two 1998 Academy Award Nominations
Central Station on Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Station
_%28film%29
http://www.imbd.com/title/tt0140888/
www.tc.umn.edu
The Idea of Letter Writers
1. Letter writers play an important social
role in a country where the illiteracy rate is
high.
2. Brazil’s social life is characterized by a
vast internal migration so letter writers
connect to individuals and families.
3. Letter writers provide the people with a
sense of individuality and identity.
Preview Activities
Ask the students to brainstorm ways that
they think an illiterate person could get a
letter written to a friend or family member.
Discuss
Why do you think that people get paid to
write letters in some countries?
Discuss
Procedure
Begin the film clip.
Start at 00.00- stop at 2:10
Start 2:31stop at 2:47
Start 8:39stop at 11:14
Discussion after the film
Discussion questions
What do you think the tools of the trade of letter
writing include?
How would new technologies possibly change
the traditional letter writers?
What do you think this quote means?
Letters as Prayers “We should treat with respect
the beautiful custom of letter writing” Edward
Hays from Secular Sanctity
Letter Writing Activity
Students will compare and contrast letter writing and letter dictation.
Students will pair up. One student will write the letter and the other student will dictate
the letter. Stationary or ruled paper may be used.
Themes for the letter will be taken from clips of the film.
Themes to choose from:
Point of view as an observer taken from scenes in the movie. Tell a friend or family
member what you saw,
heard,
ate, or
how you traveled.
Students will write their letters using the correct format of a friendly letter.
Students will use correct format, sentence structure, capitalization, punctuation.
Students will change roles.
Using sticky notes
Students will list three adjectives describing the role of letter writing,
Students will list three adjectives describing the role of dictation.
Clips to view and write about
3:30-5:15 people climbing through the
windows of the train and the train ride
home
11:20-12:30 Orphaned
12:45-15:00 No Money No Letter
16:20- 18:22 Offer of a Sandwich
16:20- 18:22 Penalty for Stealing
37:35-38:35 Bus Ride
More Clips to Write About
46:57-47:35 Hungry
49:22-52:00 Stealing
1:10:50-1:15:45 Religious Ceremony
Letter writing Rubric
<a
href='http://www.rcampus.com/rubricshow
c.cfm?code=NXW488X&sp=yes'>Rubric:
Friendly Letter Writing Rubric</a>
Extension
1. Students are to make a video of their
partner reading their letter.
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