In this lesson students will explore methods of communication between soldiers in Iraq and their friends and loved ones at home. After reading some examples online, students will analyze the language style of modern letters.
Assign each student the location of a fictitious family member (Iraq, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf). As them to think about at least three different ways to communicate with that person, choosing the best option to defend in one sentence before leaving class.
Using the information on the language analysis form completed in class, write a one-page response to the question: What does the style of one of the letters tell us about letter writing in in the time in which is was written. Be sure to mention specific examples from the letter to support your ideas.