Learning Activity: Writing a Letter

When you are upset or hurt by a friend or family member, or they are doing something to hurt themselves, it can be difficult to talk to them face to face. There are several other ways to communicate with them. Students should learn alternate forms of communication, such as writing a letter.

Writing a letter gives students the opportunity to be heard, without being interrupted or challenged. Taking the time to write a letters shows that you care. You can also revise the letter as many times as you want before giving it to the recipient. That way, it will say exactly what you want it to say.


  1. Have students write a letter to a friend who has done something to upset them (can be a hypothetical situation). This can be a variety of things, and it does not have to be about tobacco.
  2. The letter should be no more than one page.
  3. The students should use “I” statements.
  4. The students should use the following worksheet and sample letter as a guide.

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