Introducing Yourself to Your Pen Pal:

When meeting a new person, especially over a long distance, it’s important to take the time to introduce yourself. This doesn’t just mean saying your name and where you’re from. There are so many parts of us that make us who we are!

Writing an “I am From” poem is one way you can introduce yourself. “I am From” poems were first created by George Ella Lyon, a writer and poet from Kentucky. They capture the small details of your home and identity, from smells that you love, to your family members and ancestry. To write an “I am From Poem”, follow the link to find a template, and examples of “I am From” poems. You can fill in the blanks to create your poem, and write it out in a letter to share with your pen pal!

Getting to Know Someone New:

Good letters include information about yourself as well as questions for the person you’re writing to. Here are some questions for you to ask yourself and write about in your letter to your pen pal.

  • Where is your favorite place to walk barefoot?
  • If you could safely (re)visit one place during COVID-19, where would it be?
  • Tell a story about a place that holds a special memory or memories for you.

If you think of different questions that are more exciting to you, use those instead! Make sure that you ask your pen pal about these same questions.

How do I Write and Send a Letter?

Letters are written with a specific format. Take some time to learn more about how to write a good letter by following the link.

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