Letters To

Letters To


PDF Download - 8 page writing activity

Grade Level: 4th - 12th (appropriate for writers of all ages)

Promote abstract thinking with creative writing using this Write-Draw-Think approach.

What is the Write-Draw-Think process?

Write-Draw-Think products actively blend writing, drawing, and thinking to teach students close reading and analytical writing. Improve student focus, promote student engagement, and deliver student output with this multisensory strategy. Write-Draw-Think fosters deep learning as well as abstract thinking. Our research-supported, hands-on approach combines enjoyable activities with much-needed skill-building practice. Drawing skill is NOT required!

How do I use it?

Educators can use this activity with any student of writing age. Letters To has universal appeal because it combines the student’s personal opinion with humor and unexpected quirks! Students are guided through a series of steps using comparative literary elements, such as personification, simile, metaphor, imagery, and analogy. As students think, draw, and write, they progress from concrete to abstract ideas. Students then use their notes and drawings to create a polished letter.

Students find this approach manageable, entertaining, and effective--so educators can engage even reluctant writers! This strategy can be reprinted and used throughout the year as an excellent supplement to any language arts program.

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How does it help?

Letters To not only develops a student’s deep thinking skills, but it improves their writing skills, as well. Analytical thinking and writing requires connecting and comparing ideas. Abstract thinking requires making these connections, but also conveying ideas 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. Multisensory strategies, including drawing, ensure deep learning and improve future use of new skills.

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