Pen Pals: A Fun Way to Keep Kids Writing Over the Summer


Since the advent of the Internet, pen pals have sort of gone the way of the dinosaur. Yet businesses still use snail mail, so it’s not time to give up letter-writing just yet. In fact, one of the pages on this websites that gets the most hits is my Letter-Writing page.

A few years ago, I asked a friend of mine who taught in a different school district if she’d like to do a pen pal exchange between our students. It was lots of fun!

Another thing to consider is the celebrity letter. When you write to celebrities, they often have a crew of hard-working people who answer their mail, and if you ask nicely, they may send you an autographed picture.

I’ve had students get autographed pictures of celebrities like Robert Pattinson, Reba McIntyre, Adam Sandler, and Jim Carrey. Students get really excited about this assignment, which is a rare thing, when we’re getting so close to the end of the school year.

But how do you find the celebrities’ addresses? It’s pretty easy, really. Just google the words “Celebrity Address,” and a bunch of websites will pop up with thousands of famous people’s addresses.

At the bottom of this post, I’m including the list of celebrity addresses that I used for this assignment in 2012.

It’s possible that some of these addresses no longer work, though, so you might want to do a little research on your own and make sure you’ve got a list of addresses you can trust. Or just wait until next year and ask your students, “Did you get anything in the mail from Lady Gaga?” (or whoever). Then cross off the addresses that don’t seem to work.

Next week I’ll post the three basic letter-writing formats, just as a refresher. So don’t forget to check back with me then.

pen pal penpal letter writing assignment handouts and worksheets common core curriculum

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