I love it when learning opportunities fall in your lap unexpectedly!
Writing is a hard subject to teach, especially when there are so many genres that need to be taught, all with their own specific language features. So when a real context for writing comes along, I snap it up!
Okay to set the scene - one of my kids is away at Health Camp. He sent us a letter inviting me (as his teacher) to come visit on the open day. I have been before to visit a child, and was really impressed by what was happening there!
Enter authentic writing opportunity! I scrapped what I had planned for writing this week and changed things up at the last minute. It is always easier to write when you have a real reason too. And who doesn't like getting mail - especially when you are away from home and everything you know!
The letters aren't the most amazing, but at least they are real and we now have a base to build on! Some of the kids even used the format to write letters to family members who are living away from where they are.
If you ask me, I call that a win!