Getting kids writing can sometimes be a challenge. One fun and authentic writing lesson is to write a fan letter to their favorite athlete. My son is wild about Ichiro so we looked up the fan mail address on his team website , sat down and wrote. My son is only 3 so he dictated the letter to me and I wrote but he drew a picture to go with it. Then the learning was still not over. We took a field trip to the post office, bought a stamp, and mailed the letter away.
It's amazing what a huge hit this was and how with a little creative thinking a reluctant writer can find excitement in the task.