Erica Bohrer's from First Grade has a great new writing unit for sale on TPT. Go to Erica's Letter Writing post for a full preview of what the unit contains and a great lesson idea based on the book Help Me, Mr. Mutt! by Janet Stevens. (If you are not familiar with Janet Stevens, check her books out. I love them!! The Great Fuzz Frenzy and Cook-A-Doodle-Doo are two of my favorites.) The lesson idea focuses on voice. If you are a pet owner, then you will be able to make a lot of self to text connections for your students as you read.The lesson involves brainstorming problems dogs could have and then writing a letter in the voice of a dog needing advice. The lesson also has students respond as Mr. Mutt to their own letters.