In our fast-paced society, with information instantly sent in the form of emails and tweets, letter writing is a form of communication that has nearly been forgotten. Universal Letter Writing Week (the second week in January) gives teachers the chance to incorporate lessons and activities on the forgotten art of letter writing. The following are some creative ideas for setting up letter writing stations in the classroom.
Set Up Different Letter Stations
Progressive stations can be set up so students can complete different tasks of the letter writing process in different areas of the room. The first station could include writing the first draft of the letter with the second station allowing students to proofread each other’s letters. A third station could be organized for designing and addressing envelopes. Stations could also be set up according to the types of letters being written such as business, personal, and invitations.
Use Creative Materials
Since letter writing is truly an art form on many levels, the choices for writing supplies are almost endless. A variety of pens, pencils, and markers should be available at certain stations. Children love bright color combinations and providing an array of colored paper will be sure to raise enthusiasm for letter writing. Stickers and stamps could also be provided for younger children.
Send Out the Letters
Once the letters have been written it’s always fun to actually send them. Other teachers or students in the same school could receive the letters or they could be sent to neighboring schools. Sending letters from the children to a nursing facility or a veteran’s hospital is a great way to turn a lesson on letter writing into a community outreach project. It may also be possible to send letters to children attending schools in other countries.