I saw on a teacher board where the teacher wrote a letter to the students welcoming them and telling a little bit about themselves. The assignment portion was for the students to write a letter back. I think that this would be a great activity because a) The kids can learn a bit about me and b) I can see where they stand as writers right off the bat without them knowing i'm looking at grammar and such. Sneaky huh? I thought I could put the outline of a letter on the back of my letter in case the students need help with organization. Has anyone done this before? Was it worthwhile? Thanks!