Topic Ideas for Letters
Students usually introduce themselves in their first exchange of letters, let each other know some general information about their families, schools, and interests. Here are a few possible topics for letters. Feel free to make your own:
- What goes on during a typical day in front of your school or home? What is the street like? Are there plants or animals? What kind? Are there businesses or stores? What kind? People? What are they doing? Cars?
- Share your favorite recipe. How do you get the ingredients? Are any of the ingredients grown or made locally?
- Where do your grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins live? How often do you see them?
- What is the most important holiday for your family? What does your family do during that holiday?
- Where have you, your parents, and their parents lived? Why did they move?
- How does your family make a living? How do you contribute to your family--by doing chores, for example?
- Talk to your parents or grandparents or other older relatives or neighbors, and find out how their educations and childhoods were different from yours. Write about those differences.
- Describe a typical school day and a typical Saturday. What do you do from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed?
- What person do you most admire, and why?
- What accomplishment are you most proud of? Why? How difficult was it?
- What is your major goal in life? How do you plan to achieve it?
- What is the most interesting book that you have ever read?
- Do a family genealogy by listing (with year of birth) all of your brothers and sisters and your parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Can you also list your grandparents and all of their children?