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writing a letter about a loved one's importance to you

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Student Samples: Middle School

Dear Sopie,

Let me first tell you who I am. My name is Marissa, and I am your older sister. Unless you have the best memory of human kind, you will not remember me, and that hurts me more than anything else.

I wish I could be there for your first birthday, your wedding, and when you become a mother, but these horrible turn of events have stolen that from me. The only thing that brings even slight joy to me is knowing what a beautiful young woman Mom and Dave have made of you. How I wish I could see you become that woman.

There are so many things I want to tell you in so little time. First, keep "the beast" in line for me; our brother can be such a pain. Second, tell our parents how much you love them every day, for I regret not doing this myself. Don’t ever be afraid to try the things you love, and have fun. You have a wonderful life ahead of you so you have to live it well. Goodbye Sopie, I love you so much. Never forget that.

With Love,

Your Sister,
Marissa (7th grade writer)

Dear Alisunn,

There is a wonderful world full of words that could describe our friendship, but only one more day for us to share it.

There’s only one person in this world who knows my every secret, and about the best and the worst days of my life. Every tear that has ever fallen, you’re always there to catch it when I’m down. You are one of many people who can make me laugh, almost to where we are lying on the floor, breathless, usually over the silliest mistakes that always bring us closer.

Hours of glossing our lips, taking silly pics, and eating fatty foods, the best days I’ll never forget. We’ve grown so close, and you are the most precious person in my life. You are so important to me and my family, you have us and always will, and we love you.

Never, not ever, will I regret the day we met. Thank you for always being there, being the one I can go to for anything. Crying over stupid boys, or other bad situations, thick and thin, you have changed my life so much in the best ways possible. I’m sorry to be saying good bye to our past. Please look forward to the future. You’re growing up, life goes on, and I’ll someday be long gone. I will miss you, and I have faith in you to make good decisions. I wish the best for your future and I’m sorry I can’t be there to make more special memories, then look back at them with you. I hope you never forget the strength you’ve given me or the amazing friendship we shared. I love you, sis…


Kayla (8th grade writer)


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