Engaging students in meaningful writing in the last weeks of school can seem impossible. In order to pull students back from their yearbook-signing, beach-daydreaming, and general academic malaise, this assignment couples an authentic audience (students’ future teacher) with a real purpose (to introduce yourself). The end result: you will be able to ratchet up students’ intrinsic motivation to stay on task and participate in this writing activity. You will also end up with a beautiful stack of meaningful, self-reflective, final draft writing of students’ self-description, growth, and goals.
This could be a hypothetical assignment (“Pretend I’m going to mail these to your next teacher…”), but I recommend actually sending the final draft letters on to children’s future teachers, even if your class is moving to middle school. I’ve gotten fantastic feedback (and a few thank you notes!) from teachers who have received these letters before meeting their new students.
This packet includes 12 pages. After the cover sheet and teacher directions, you will find the following ready-to-print pages:
Assignment Sheet (1 page)
Brainstorming Sheets (3 pages)
Drafting Paper (1 page)
Structured Peer Revision/Editing Form (2 pages)
Final Draft Paper (1 page)
Letter from You to the “Future Teacher” – This print-and-mail letter is intended to introduce you and the assignment to the “future teacher.” Two versions are included: one for a teacher who will receive several (or all) of your students and one for a teacher who will receive a single student. (2 pages)
I hope this helps to get your class back on track for the home stretch of the school year. Please rate this product and send me feedback so I can continue to improve it.