First Day of School Writing Activity

First Day of School Writing Activity
First Day of School Writing Activity
First Day of School Writing Activity
First Day of School Writing Activity
First Day of School Writing Activity
First Day of School Writing Activity
First Day of School Writing Activity
First Day of School Writing Activity
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Use this teaching lesson to allow your students to reflect on their lives in and out of school while fine tuning their letter writing abilities. This activity can be used as a back to school year writing activity, however, there is an editable version included so that this can also be an end of the year writing activity.

Students will document their lives by writing about

  • Their likes and dislikes
  • What they are proud of
  • Problems and concerns
  • Their favorites
  • Their world
  • Hobbies and activities that they enjoy
  • People in their life
  • Their future

This resource includes:

  • One page of letter requirements which outlines the information students should include in the letter.
  • A one-page graphic organizer to help brainstorm, sequence, and guide student writing.
  • Six page questionnaire - Use this with my students who struggle writing lengthy assignments. Task is broken down to sentence writing rather than paragraph writing.
  • Rubric to assess student work.

This product is differentiated for the various writers in your classroom. Students are expected to write a five paragraph letter using the requirements on the handout. Reminders for friendly letter writing are included. There is a graphic organizer included for students who need additional support. There is also a questionnaire included for those who need help elaborating on their writing.

Feedback from happy teachers:

  • My kids loved this. I changed it slightly to make it more meaningful for them, but a great first day activity.
  • I have been doing this for years, but never put it in a complete organizer for the students. Thanks for this! You saved me so much time!
  • This was a fabulous end of the year activity for my sixth graders. I can't wait to mail them their letters in 2024!
  • Really liked this for the end of the year activities. Really required a lot of reflection and the variety of activities provided scaffolding for my kiddos.
  • Great resource for my high school special education class! I used it at the end of the year as a modified approach to a "future self" letter.

This product is available as a blackline master or in color. There is also an editable version available. This allows you to control certain instructions to give you more flexibility. You can use it as a getting to know you activity in the beginning of the year or as an end of the year activity as a student reflection piece. You can hand it back at the end of the year or in their senior year of high school, which is what I normally do.


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Total Pages
16 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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