50 Free Classroom Activities for “Wait, How Do I Write This Email?”

Students use my book, Wait, How Do I Write This Email?, to learn to write important scenarios like networking and job search emails.

I have 50 **FREE** classroom activities that accompany my book, Wait, How Do I Write This Email? Each lesson includes the classroom activity, teacher notes and the estimated class time.

You’re also free to shorten the lessons into smaller bits (like for “bell ringer” activities or extra credit).

NOTE: to complete the activities you will need copies of my book, Wait, How Do I Write This Email?, and ideally one copy per student. Here are sample chapters (make sure you scan the table of contents too).

The classroom activities are divided into five groups:

  1. Networking
  2. Job Search
  3. LinkedIn
  4. Writing Skills 
  5. Sector Specific (health care, construction & architecture and information technology)

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I included six samples below. Take a look!

Networking

1. How to ask for career or professional advice

Overview: The activity instructs students to write a networking email and seek someone’s guidance, which is often the best way to “break the ice” and open new doors.

Estimated class time: 30-35 minutes

For the classroom activity, download the PDF here.

For the teacher notes, download the PDF here.

Job Search

2. How to enhance the resume “experience” section

Overview: The students understand how to describe the challenges in every job and make each bullet point under the job stand out from the competition.

Estimated class time: 30-35 minutes

For the classroom activity, download the PDF here.

For the teacher notes, download the PDF here.

LinkedIn

3. How to write a profile summary (high school version)

Overview: Here’s a simple formula for an effective LinkedIn profile summary for a high school student. Each student follows a three-step method to create a single paragraph with impact.  

Estimated class time: 30-40 minutes

For the classroom activity, download the PDF here (high school version).

For the teacher notes, download the PDF here (high school version).

4. How to write a profile summary (college version)

Overview: Here’s a simple formula for an effective LinkedIn profile summary for a college student. Each student follows a three-step method to create a single paragraph with impact.  

Estimated class time: 30-40 minutes

For the classroom activity, download the PDF here (college version).

For the teacher notes, download the PDF here (college version).

5. How to write a profile summary (transitioning military version)

Overview: Here’s a simple formula for an effective LinkedIn profile summary for a transitioning member of the military. Each person follows a three-step method to create a single paragraph with impact.  

Estimated class time: 30-40 minutes

For the classroom activity, download the PDF here (transitioning military version).

For the teacher notes, download the PDF here (transitioning military version).

Writing Skills

6. How to use proper capitalization

Overview: By writing their own brief bio, the students learn the words to capitalize and the ones to leave in lower case.

Estimated class time: 30-35 minutes

For the classroom activity, download the PDF here.

For the teacher notes, download the PDF here.


A list of all 50 classroom activities below. 

Networking

  • How to ask for professional advice
  • How to use first five minutes of a networking conversation
  • How to talk on the phone with confidence
  • How to congratulate someone on a job well done
  • How to write someone from a networking event about a job
  • How to network with alumni from your school
  • How to send a thank-you note after a networking meeting
  • How to create a personal hashtag
  • How to ask a person to help in a mentor capacity
  • How to ask for a reply if a person doesn’t reply in a timely manner
  • How to write a handwritten thank-you note

Job Search

  • How to compose a one-page resume
  • How to enhance your resume skills section
  • How to write a “storytelling” cover letter
  • How to apply for a job and attach a resume/cover letter
  • How to ask for a letter of recommendation
  • How to ask about internships or an internship application
  • How to apply even if the company has no openings at the time
  • How to make sure the company received your job application
  • How to ask for an informational interview
  • How to prepare for a job interview
  • How to thank someone after a job interview
  • How to talk on the phone with confidence

LinkedIn

  • How to send smart invitations
  • How to write a networking message
  • How to write a profile summary (high school version)
  • How to write a profile summary (college version)
  • How to write a profile summary (recent grad version)
  • How to write a profile summary (unemployed version)
  • How to write a profile summary (transitioning military version)
  • How to write someone after they accept your “connection”
  • How to network with someone on Linkedin who sent you a “connection”
  • How to ask someone to give you a recommendation

Writing Skills

  • How to use proper capitalization
  • The best way to do a final edit
  • How to improve everything you write in three minutes
  • How to quantify your success
  • How to craft an effective email signature
  • How to go one layer deeper
  • How to remove pronouns

Sector Specific

Separate activities for health care, construction & architecture and information technology:

  • How to ask for professional advice
  • How to apply even if the company has no openings at the time
  • How to send smart invitations
  • How to ask for an information interview