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Letters To

Letters To

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What student doesn’t love to give their opinion? Letters To has universal appeal because it combines a student’s personal opinion with humor and unexpected quirks! 

With Letters To, students are guided through a series of steps in writing and drawing, progressing from concrete to abstract ideas, then creating a polished letter.

This therapeutic activity takes students through a step-by-step process, using strategies to deepen their thinking, and therefore, add depth to their writing. First, students learn to connect their analytical thinking to their writing by comparing ideas. Then, they layer in abstract thinking strategies as they make their connections in new and unexpected ways. 

Showing students how to employ analytical and abstract thinking is a tall order, best achieved through an enjoyable and simple approach. Students find Letters To entertaining and effective — so educators can engage students of any skill level, including reluctant writers. Drawing skill is not required!

Repeat the Letters To activities throughout the year, over several years, and watch your student’s abstract, critical thinking skills grow! 

All Rooted in Language products incorporate research-based methods to support students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, developmental language disorders, and other literacy-based struggles.

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  • Grade level: 4 -12 
  • File count: 1 PDF
  • Page count: 8 pages
  • Writing and drawing activity with modifications and variations for repeated use
  • Contains educator instructional content (printing is optional)


Writing activity that incorporates:

  • Concrete vs. abstract descriptions and characteristics
  • Personification and humor
  • Letter structure and salutations
  • Critical thinking and analysis

Drawing activity that incorporates:

  • Creating a comic
  • Illustrating concrete vs. abstract ideas
  • Supporting abstract messages

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use Letters To with younger students?

Letters To is best used with students fourth grade and older. Younger students can make comparisons expressed in writing, but will struggle to engage in the abstract thinking level required.  


Will Letters To help my student who struggles?

Yes. This is a great activity for struggling learners because the step-by-step instruction deepens their thinking and reduces the writing demands to small, manageable steps. Struggling learners will experience success, enjoy the humor, and take pride in their finished product! 


Can I use Letter To with other programs?

Yes. This activity is designed to deepen analytical thinking and general appreciation for creative writing. The activity is supplemental, and the teaching concepts can be used to enhance any writing or language arts program.

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