Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week by having students write a letter to one of their former teachers.
Teacher Appreciation Week, letter writing, letters, friendly letter
Your students likely know that the first full week of May is Teacher Appreciation Week. Why not capitalize on this "teachable moment" by having students write a letter of appreciation to a teacher they had in years past? The "gift" of their writing about a special memory won't cost much (just the cost of a stamp if the letter needs to be mailed) and the letter that a student sends will likely be a treasured memento and even an inspiration -- a reminder to that teacher of why he or she entered the profession in the first place.
Start the lesson by asking students to share a memorable moment from a previous teacher. What did you learn from that teacher? Is there a positive moment that stood out? A lesson that stood out as special? Something that teacher did that was extra kind or interesting or funny? If a few students will share ideas, that will help get the other students' "juices" flowing
Once students have an idea about the teacher they would like to write to, they should compose a friendly letter that shares special greetings for Teacher Appreciation Week and a few "random thoughts of kindness."
This assignment probably should not be graded, but you might share a friendly letter rubric to guide students as they write. You might use this rubric or this one as a guide to creating a rubric of your own.
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