Recently, as part of their language arts curriculum, my 11-year-old twin daughters were asked to write formal letters to people of their choosing, regarding any subject they wished. This was—much to my relief—entirely an in-class assignment. The letter was to be written in English (although it is a French Immersion class), typed into and printed off the school's computers. My daughters talked a little about their topics—one chose all-day kindergarten, the other chose report cards—but I hadn't actually seen the letters until they brought them home, graded, and in need of my signature.
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