I was searching for an alternative to the "write myself a letter" assignment we so often offer students at a milestone in their lives, and, rather than turn inward, I asked my soon-to-be-graduated seniors to look to those who have helped them on their path. 8th graders leaving middle school might also be prime candidates for this assignment.
The result is Project Gratitude.
Each year, students take a moment to write a letter--yes, a letter--using all of the writing skills we have practiced across our time together to thank an adult in our school whose care, mentorship, and guidance have impacted the student in ways the student often comes to realize fully through the process of writing this letter.
The recipients, I can attest, are overwhelmed and overjoyed, when, at the end of the year, they have begun to look toward summer break. I, of course, never share that Project Gratitude comes from our classwork--by the time seniors deliver their letters, it has ceased to be an assignment anyway.
This assignment includes an assignment overview, a rubric, as well as peer-revision guidelines and questions.
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