This PowerPoint provides guided instruction in formal letter writing. It can accompany my free download of the Letter to My Future Self Assignment Overview (which includes a graphic organizer for the notes). Students are asked to write a letter to themselves to read 5 years in the future. This activity works best with writing portfolios that follow a student's educational career. Assignment can be modified for middle school or to use as beginning of the year activity to open at the end of the year. This PowerPoint also provides journal prompts (or warm up activities) for students to complete that are pre-writing activities. There are three slides at the end which can be used for scaffolding the lesson for students who need the assignment chunked for time management or attention to task. Animation is included, but can be modified to fit pacing of class. Expected duration of lesson is one 90 minute block, with 3 optional mini-lessons for scaffolding.