If you have students who need opportunities and motivation to practice writing every day, look for e-mail pen pals who would be willing to send messages daily or weekly.
Students might be especially motivated by older students and by peers they admire. A ninth grade student might “tutor” a seventh grade student, an older brother might “tutor” his younger sister, or a child can “tutor” his classmate – even one who may be sitting just a few feet away from him! This idea provides repeated practice for literacy, but opportunities for social support, as well.
Creating the e-mails can be part of a morning/homeroom routine, a task at a literacy center or station, or a daily homework assignment completed during homeroom.