Letter to a Publisher
Fanny Finch Elementary School
McKinney I.S.D., 1205 S. Tennessee St.
McKinney, Texas 75069
July 7, 2016
Pearson Educational, Inc.
One Lake Street
Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458
Reference: Creating Writers, Author Vicki Spandel
Our elementary school with five other bilingual campus will be hosting a 6 Traits Professional Development session in August, 2017. We would like to use copyrighted materials within the Creating Writing book. Our teachers will present Chapter 1-Getting Acquainted with the 6 Traits, pages 1-27 and present the Appendixes 3 and 4 to approximately 65 classroom teachers for use with our curriculum in the Eduphoria lesson planning software.
We would like to request permission to freely use these copyrighted materials for writing assessments for use at all our bilingual campuses. McKinney I.S.D is in the process of purchasing 30 copies of Creating Writing for use on these campuses.
We appreciate your consideration in this matter and request to hear from you at the earliest possible convenience.
Linda W. Jones
First Grade Teacher
Memo- Expository Letter writing is a skill all students need to master. Using the correct formating, drafting, and requesting use of copyrighted materials is part of the Acceptable Use Policies of most schools. There are all types of letter writing for students: Letters to the Editors of newspapers and magazines to comment on articles and express opinions. Students can also write to local, state and governments expressing concerns, suggest ideas and ask for information. Letter writing is a format to motivate students about issues they are concerned.
MacArthur, C.A. editor. Hidi, S. & Boscolo, P. Handbook of Writing Research: Motivation and Writing. (pg. 147-148). Guilford Press.
Spandel, V. (2013). Creating Writers: 6 Traits, Process, Workshop and Literature. Pearson Publishing.
Tompkins, G. (2010). Teaching Writing: Balancing Product and Process. (pg. 121). Pearson Publications.