Letter of Introduction assignment for upper elementary - middle school students.
I use this assignment at the beginning of every school year as my first homework assignment for my 6th and 7th grade students. In the class period prior to assigning it, we do a class review of "how to write a friendly letter". It is an opportunity to get to know them a little better, for them to get to know me, and then I grade them informally on a basic 6-trait writing rubric (that the students do not see, and do not get a grade for). Later on, I reference back to that rubric in my files to check student progress in different aspects of their writing.