Category Archive: letter writing

End of the Year Letters from Students to Me

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This year will be the third year that I’ve had my students write me letters right before I do their final report card. I’ve come to believe that these letters not only help… Continue reading

Writing Thank You Notes

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The art of a thank you note… Miss Annechini, my sixth grade teacher, taught us how to write “Bread and Butter Notes,” which has stuck with me for years. However, for years before… Continue reading

Card-Writing Challenge

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No, I’m not proposing (yet another) challenge for you to do on your blog (to be linked here w/good ol’ Mr. Linky!). However, I’m proposing that you challenge yourself to send someone a… Continue reading

Stacey’s Slice of Life Story: Day #30

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This afternoon I met up with A & her mom at the Barnes & Noble on Bald Hill Road in Warwick. They spotted me getting a “Tall, skim, no-whip, white mocha,” when they… Continue reading

Persuasive Letter Lessons

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Here’s a great link to some persuasive letter lessons, complete with a business letter template, which I’ve used with my students since I started teaching, over at Scholastic.com. True, it’s written for high… Continue reading

News & Announcements Chart

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Each and every Sunday I create my News & Announcements Charts for the week (i.e., for Morning Meeting). I just created one that I really like for this-coming Friday. It looks like this:… Continue reading

Persuasive Letter Writing Rubric

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A few folks have left comments asking for resources for teaching persuasive letter writing. I promised to post the rubric I created once it was finished. It’s now complete and can be downloaded… Continue reading

Ideas Galore!!!

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Ideas Galore Originally uploaded by teachergal I disseminated a packet of four touchstone texts, written by my former students, that will serve as mentors for my students to use in the persuasive letter… Continue reading

Gearing up for persuasive letter writing

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I’m starting one of my favorite units of study tomorrow morning in Writing Workshop: PERSUASIVE LETTERS! It’s been a favorite for the past three years due to the amazing things my students have… Continue reading

Pressure Cooker Day

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Picture it: Two Writing Workshops in one day. Editing and publishing. My students finished their friendly letters in Writing Workshop today. I’m hand-delivering them to their pen pals tomorrow, so I wanted to… Continue reading

Letter Writing: On-Demand

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I created an on-demand assessment sheet for the friendly letter writing unit of study I’m doing right now with my kids. They’re going to have 40 minutes to quickly publish a friendly letter… Continue reading

Friendly Letter Writing Unit of Study

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Over the summer Kate and I planned out a short unit of study on friendly letter writing for our students. We re-grouped today since we’re launching it tomorrow. Here’s the plan as it… Continue reading