Letters to the Future
The Letter to the Future assignment from Mr. Todnem’s 8th Grade Health class allows students to write or type a letter to their future self.
The letters and envelopes sit and wait for four years to pass– for the future to become the present. Upon high school graduation, in May of each year, Mr. Todnem heads to the post office with a shoebox full of letters to send off to the older, wiser versions of the 8th graders who wrote to their future selves. After receiving their own personal time capsule (in written form), students recall friendships and acquaintances, think of memories both important and unimportant, and look at four short years in which a lot has happened in life. Both happy and sad, stories get shared from the past. Visits and email exchanges with Mr. Todnem have proven that the assignment has become broader in scope than ever imagined– that the experiences of life are worthy to share with anyone interested, and anyone who would like to join in.
Criteria for Students
Create a personal time capsule, in written form, and place a hard copy in a stamped envelope. (Mr. Todnem has extra envelopes and stamps if needed.)
Mr. Todnem will keep your letter safe for four years, when the future becomes the present.
Upon high school graduation, in May of that year, Mr. Todnem will head to the post office with the letters to send off to the older, wiser version of the 8th grade you. Keep in mind that while Mr. Todnem does not read your personal letter, others in your family might want to do so. Therefore, do not put anything you wouldn't want your parents/guardians or someone else to see.
Possible items to write about:
- Personal stories you are willing to share.
- Current trends (clothing, etc.)
- Pop culture (movies, music, internet sites, etc.)
- Major events in the news
- Friends, relationships
- Other favorite items that take up your time as hobbies or interests
- Health skills you will put to use (IE: decision making, communication, self-management, advocacy)
Get a peek in on some feedback from each year since the website was launched.
Class of 2020
Class of 2021
Class of 2022
Class of 2023
Are you one of these future graduates? Already receive your letter? Join the conversation about your life, and share your own stories regarding the Letter to the Future assignment and your actual life & future after Health class.