This letter, while it may vary by content, has a pretty general structure: Introduction, Reflect on Process, Reflect on Product, Conclusion/What I should know. Examples from non-fiction unit, and an essay.
I ask students to write me a letter even if they are not prepared to hand in their work that day. Their words provide a glimpse into where their work broke down, and a measure of accountability to a due date, even if they're not meeting it.
If students are late, I can use their letter as a 'to-do' list for touching base each day, jotting notes to myself about what progress they're making to complete the work. (See example below)
|Students who are prepared are justifiably proud of |
themselves and are given the opportunity
to highlight strengths that they found in this work.
|Students who will be late are given the space to explain what|
that have completed, and what they need to finish.
It gives some positives to emphasize, even if they don't have their final paper.