Yielding authentic writing and a variety of different author responses, this book project is a favorite among my students year after year. With a background of basic letter parts and the writing expectations established during class, this assignment brings it all together.
My students write the letter, whether their author is dead or alive. The best part is that students will ask if they can PLEASE write another one to a different author once the book project is over. That is a win-win assignment.
Note: Students don't always hear back from the author. Some get postcards. Some get personal letters. Once, a student even got an autographed book and a shark tooth.
I hope your students enjoy this assignment as much as mine have enjoyed it over the years. I would love feedback on this assignment!