Jane is working on her Wuthering Heights unit for the Honors Sophomore class. She is always building on new lessons, so she sent me a quick e-mail with the tagline, “adorable letter.” She was looking to prepare students for an epistolary novel, and she had visited the Letters of Note website. We have located letters in the past to share with our students based on the following categories suggested on the website:
1. Browse by correspondence type;
2. Browse by writing method:handwritten, typewritten
3. Browse by date of correspondence: 1600-present
4. Browse the following categories of correspondence:
Advice; Anger; Animation; Apology; Art; Authors; Cinema; Coded Correspondence; Comics; Complaint; Controversial; Crime; Death; Disney;Fan Letters; Form Letters; Humorous; Illustrated Letters; Kids; Love; Music;Politics; Racism; Religion; Request; Sad; Science; Sexism; Sport; Star Trek; Suicide; Superman; Technology; Thank You; War
5. Browse correspondence written by, to, or about, the following notable people (listed alphabetically, by first name):
6. Browse a list of all letters published so far.
Jane was particularly taken with one letter to share with her students. She provided the link to a letter from 1934 by Robert Pirosh, a screenwriter. The letter begins:
I like words. I like fat buttery words, such as ooze, turpitude, glutinous, toady. I like solemn, angular, creaky words, such as straitlaced, cantankerous, pecunious, valedictory. I like spurious, black-is-white words, such as mortician, liquidate, tonsorial, demi-monde.. (continued)
What a great start to a letter to share with students, and how fortunate are teachers that Letters of Note has organized this letter and 899 other gems to share!