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The Letter to Self is to be written into you Composition notebook. The Letter to Self is not shared, not even with your teacher. Rather, it is a letter written to the you whom you become at the end of the year.


Letter to SELF

STEP ONE: Read this handout and think about the questions. (10 min.)

STEP TWO: On the back of this handout do some brainstorming. Write down anything that comes to mind. (5 min.)

STEP THREE: Write a LETTER to yourself. I want you to do some reflecting and some exploring of your feelings in relation to the following: (30 min.)

  • How are you feeling about yourself right now?
  • How are you feeling about your senior year of high school?
  • How are you feeling about learning and experiencing and exploring new things?
  • What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
  • How do you feel about yourself as a reader?
  • How do you feel about yourself as a writer?
  • What have you written that you feel proud of?
  • What would you like to do with your writing?
  • What matters to you MOST in life right now?
  • What you do expect to get out of this English class?
  • What do you expect me to be like as your instructor?
  • What are your first impressions of this class in general?
  • Discuss your willingness to be open to change and new ideas.
  • What are your goals for the future?
  • What questions do you have?
  • Add any additional comments.


Suggestions: Reflect and explore as you write—write to discover how you feel about these things; don’t erase; don’t cross out; don’t tear up the page; don’t worry about punctuation and paragraphs and such—just write and reflect and feel. Fold the letter up; write your name, period, and today’s date on the OUTSIDE. No one else will read this! Put your papers in the class envelope. This envelope will be kept in a special place until the end of the year when your writing will be returned to you for use in composing a final piece of writing for yourself.


Standards: 12.W.4a: Produce clear coherent function writing (i.e. letters) in which the development and organization are appropriate to the task, purpose, and audience.

Download the paper copy below:

Letter to Yourself