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Asking students to bring in a family letter

I visited Renee’s class on the day her students each brought a family heirloom to class and told what they knew of its story. I was surpised by how deep and rich the connections were, brought to the surface by this simple assignment.

I wonder what would happen if each year teachers asked students to bring to class one letter written by a family member at some time in the past. Would this lead to conversations at home that would in turn lead to finding collections of letters that nobody really knew existed?

I, for example, know of a couple letters that nobody else knows I have. They will never come up in ordinary conversation. But if a grandchild came asking me about family letters for a school assignment. . .

Posted by Michael L Umphrey on 03/25 at 09:41 AM

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