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Updated End-of-Year Letter Guidelines

Here’s what I’m giving my students to work on over the course of three days this week:

Guide to End of the Year Letters to Ms. S.

NOTE: Your paragraphs do not need to follow this exact structure! It’s merely a guideline to help you if you’re stuck.

• Paragraph 1: What is your greatest accomplishment since March 2009? Tell me why you’re proud of yourself for this accomplishment.
• Paragraph 2: Now that we’re in June, reflect on what’s easy for you (that was challenging for you in September). Elaborate on what made this particular item/area simpler as time passed.
• Paragraph 3: What is still challenging for you? What are you going to do to overcome this challenge?
• Paragraph 4: What was the best part of being a 4-310 student? What was the worst part of being a 4-310 student? (Elaborate on both responses.)
• Paragraph 5: Have you accomplished your Hopes and Dreams this year? If not, then tell me what stood in your way. If you did accomplish them, then have you set new goals for yourself?
• Paragraph 6: What have you learned about cooperative group work/partnerships by being in this class?
• Paragraph 7: What advice can you give me as a teacher?
• Paragraph 8: Anything else you want to tell me.
• Follow a friendly letter format.
• Skip lines if you have swirly handwriting.
• Sign your name in the closing of your letter.

Your letter is due to me on Friday, 6/5/09. I will respond to each of your letters personally the following week. Thank you, in advance, for your time on this project.

Feel free to adapt this for your classroom if you wish to do a similar project.

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

5 thoughts on “Updated End-of-Year Letter Guidelines Leave a comment

  1. This is a great idea!

    I revised it a bit for my sixth graders. I can’t wait to see what they say. This will also help me with the commentary in the cards that I plan to give them at the end of the year.


  2. Ah, that’s my classroom “name.”
    As for their summer reading and writing plans, I have something separate I give them for that since they undertake Independent Reading and Writing Projects at the end of the school year.


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