Self-Addressed Student Letters
August 31, 2010
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.