During the first week of school, I usually start by giving the student a friendly letter introducing myself as a person and talking a little bit about my hopes and expectations for ELA class. I teach in a special ed class, so my students really benefit from a structured way to respond to such a letter. This organizer is what I have provided here. Once they submit their final drafts, I usually respond briefly on a post-it which I attach to each letter. This makes a great back to school bulletin board! It's also a great way to get a quick assessment of their general writing capabilities.