Planning for the upcoming school year? How about organizing a community interview project. Every year I tried to have one family member a week, come in, be interviewed by the class and then the students would write a newspaper style article about the person. As a thank you for coming in to be interviewed I would compile all the articles and make a book to present to the volunteer. Then have a tea at the end of the year for all the involved and celebrate the growth of the student's writing over the year.