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Notes of Thanks

Found In: artistic design & composition, letter writing, thanksgiving, written composition

It’s sometimes difficult for high school students to express love and appreciation to the adults in their lives, so I developed an assignment to help.

Just before Thanksgiving, I instruct my students to write an expression of thanks to a parent, guardian, or other adult caregiver. The expression can be in the form of a letter, poem, card or other form of their preference. The only requirement is that the content has to be in their own words. They are encouraged to use graphics and a variety of fonts to compliment their choice of expression.

Finally, a portion of the grade requires students to present the “Note of Thanks” to the adult and have them acknowledge receipt. Some parents write notes to their children in response to the expression. Other students share their parents’ responses to the assignment with the class. This assignment can be done for any or even no occasion.


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