In an age of emails and texts, hand-written letters seem so “old school”, but they may be just what your students need to work on their written language skills.
Just like with narrative and persuasive writing tasks, you can work on good word choice, capitalization, punctuation, sentence variety, and details when writing letters to people. Letter writing also has these advantages…
- Your students can get a reply, which they’ll love!
- Letters can be taken from a plan to a finished product quickly.
- You can work on appropriateness of topics and the format of a letter.
Who should they write to?
- Family and Friends – Keep family members and friends in the know. Students can write about family outings, school topics, or activities.
- Veterans – Let our veterans know that their sacrifices are appreciated. Help your students write letters to veterans thanking them for their service to our country. You can then deliver or mail them to a local veteran’s group.
- Troops – Write letters and send them to our troops. There are great organizations such as A Million Thanks that mail the letters to our troops. Their website has instructions and guidelines, a list of drop-off locations, and an address to send the letters to if there isn’t a drop-off location near you.
- Santa – Make sure your students’ letters to Santa (or the elves and reindeer) are in tip top shape by working on them during therapy sessions. Remind the students to use complete sentences and descriptive words to tell Santa what they’d like this year. It’s always fun reading what the students have to say to the jolly old elf!
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