One of my favorite writing projects to do all year is one that incorporates Thanksgiving and showing kindness towards others who dedicate their time to our school I call it our "Thanks for Giving" project. I start by having students choose a staff member that they want to thank. Then, we secretly set up a little white lie...they have to approach this person and tell them that we are doing a social studies project about the different people who help them at our school. I take their photo together, print them, and then get ready for the secret writing project to begin! First, the students write a thank you letter to their special person and sign it Thanks for Giving, (student name). Then, they publish their piece by putting it on some scrapbook paper framed with construction paper. I don't do any editing on these since I want the writing to be in true kid form! We then go all out when we present them the letter (red carpet, lights).