Apologizing the “Write” Way

Scripture: Genesis 3-4

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will review the stories in Genesis chapter three and four
  • Students will learn/review how to word a heartfelt apology
  • Students will learn/review how to write a personal letter
  • Students will participate in an activity to help them practice writing letters of apology

Guiding Question: How can you write a letter of apology that communicates your emotion to the person receiving it?

Materials: paper, pens, sample of a personal letter

Procedure: Review the stories in Genesis chapters three and four. Discuss with the students who should have apologized to whom. Discuss how to word a sincere apology (Note: “I am sorry you feel that way” is not an apology.) Review or teach thestudents the proper way to format a personal letter. Have students write a personal letter of apology one of the people in the Bible stories reviewed today should have written to someone else in the story. Students may also choose to write a personal letter to someone they have hurt. They may also write an apology letter from one historical or fictional character to another. The letters must sound sincere and be in the correct format, even if they are humorous in nature. Have students who wish to do so share their letters with the class.

Additional Question: How do you write a formal business letter of apology?

Supplemental Activity: Have students write an apology letter they wish a business would send them. They should use the formal business letter format for their letters. Encourage students to be creative in their letters.