When I was little, I was obsessed with letter writing. It began with pen pals at elementary schools in my district, expanded to international pen pals in Turkey and India, and became a weekly habit when my best friend moved across the country.  The letters to my best friend, Hannah, were filled with detailed narratives and reflections.  Even though I have yet to establish a pen pal program in my classes, my students regularly write letters…to their “invested adults.”    In my middle school classroom, I give my students letter templates filled with sentence frames at the end of each month. The sentence frames promptRead More →