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Lesson: Essential Words: Letters of Gratitude to Essential Workers

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Writing

I Can Only Imagine

By Tala

In this letter from the Essential Words lesson, 10th grader Tala asks essential workers what motivates them to keep going during these difficult times, offering her own views on hope for the future.

Level

Grade 10

Type

Narrative, Persuasive

Hello!

I’m Tala, I’m a sophomore at Roosevelt High School. Embroidering and reading historical romances are some of my favorite things to do. (deep breath) I can only imagine what it’s like for you all right now. I did have a few questions though… What motivates you to keep going every morning, to get out of bed? I know for me it’s the hope that everything will be okay. You should know that you are not alone, your work is seen. It makes me feel safe to know that if any of my family ever fell sick, there would be good people making sure they would be okay. Whenever I take walks in the afternoon, 3 out of the 8 houses on every block have signs thanking our healthcare heroes. I think I’ll make one too 🙂

All the best, 

Tala, grade 10

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Essential Words: Letters of Gratitude to Essential Workers

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Lesson Summary

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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