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Involving Students and Families in Ongoing Reflection and Assessment

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Involving Students and Families in Ongoing Reflection and Assessment

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time 5-10 minutes per session
Lesson Author

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






General classroom supplies and writing materials

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Letter Generator

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Letter Generator

The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters for both styles of correspondence.


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  • Make copies of the Tips to Share with Families and distribute the list to families, if desired. Additional tips and resources for families are included in the Websites listed in the Resources section. These materials can also be shared with families as you prepare for this reflective assessment activity.

  • Make a copy of the Weekly Progress Form for each student each week, once you transition from weekly to daily reflection. Print the forms front and back so that students can record all information on a single sheet of paper.

  • Arrange for Student-Family-Teacher Conferences (see details below in the Instruction and Activities) as appropriate for your school system. Conferences can take place at any point during the term and should tap the reflection pieces that students have written as a focal point of the discussion. Make copies of the Student-Family-Teacher Conference handout. Fill in the information on the time and place of the conferences; then, send the handouts home to families.

  • If desired, make copies or an overhead transparency of the Conference Procedures. Alternately, you might create a custom list for your class, recording the information on the board or on chart paper.

  • Test the Letter Generator on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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