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Dear Abby

Found In: keyboarding, role-playing, written composition

Once my keyboarding students begin composing, there is no stopping them! An activity, which takes them out of the textbook, involves writing a letter to Dear Abby regarding a question or problem they have. Instead of using their names, students sign the letter with appropriate nicknames like “Upset and Unhappy” or “Please Help,” and their letters are given a number when they are handed in for grading in order to protect their anonymity.

After a week or so, the letters are handed out for another composition session. This time students become Dear Abby and answer a letter written by one of their peers. If there is more than one keyboarding class, this works even better as students won’t know who answered their letter. The number assigned will help in getting the letter back to its originator.


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