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Lesson: Essential Words: Letters of Gratitude to Essential Workers

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Writing

Lives on the Line

By Terry Velasquez

In this letter from the Essential Words lesson, a student shares gratitude for the dedication of nurses and gives “credit where credit is due.”

Level

Grade 12

Type

Narrative, Persuasive

Dear nurses,

My name is Terry and I am currently a senior in a high school from the South Bronx and I wanted to write this letter to you to show my thanks for your service during this hectic time. I thank you for your dedication to your profession. I thank you for putting your lives on the line to help during this crisis. Nurses are like soldiers on a battlefield and should be respected as such. I hope this letter finds you and your family safe and I also hope others can see the type of work that is required of nurses during this pandemic.

Sincerely,

Terry

About the Author

I’m just a person who likes to give credit where credit is due. I believe that if there is something wrong there should be a plan in place to fix it.

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Few expressions of gratitude are more meaningful than a personalized letter. In this lesson, students reach out to essential workers and return their acts of service and kindness by giving thanks.

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