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Self-Addressed Student Letters

Found In: back to schoollanguage arts, letter writing, written composition

On the first day of school, students write a letter to themselves that will be given back at the end of the school year. I give students a handout with a list of questions, and they write answers in complete sentences on their own paper. Questions can include a description of what they are wearing, identifying their greatest fear for the coming school year, their best friend, boy/girl friend, favorites singers, foods, hang-outs, and hopes for the coming year. Students fold their letters four times and staple them shut. I only read it if given permission. They write their name and class period on the outside, and I store them until the last week of school. The students really get a kick out of seeing how they have changed from that very first day.


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