Have students write a thank-you letter from one character to another, or, for non-fiction pieces, have students write a thank-you letter from the author or speaker. This is a set of 2 brainstorming sheets, one for fiction, and one for non-fiction.
For fiction, students must consider which character should be grateful for something, and then decide to whom he/she should be grateful. The questions guide the student to write a thank-you letter in the voice of that character. Text evidence and letter formatting is required.
For non-fiction, students must figure out what influences might have shaped the speaker's views or ideas, and who might be responsible for those influences. Then, they should write a thank-you letter in the voice of the speaker, expressing gratitude to a chosen recipient. The brainstorming sheet guides students to analyze the piece, choose a recipient, and write the letter in letter format. Text evidence is required.