My sixth graders have been working on writing letters to the president and yesterday, we podcasted them reading them letters (which will be mailed off to the White House). Their writing was very impressive, I think, with topics on the environment, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the economy, education and, of course, the Obama girls and their dog.
Here is a sample of a few of the letters.
We were too young to take part in the National Writing Project/Google venture Letters to the Next President that took place during the primaries but I think our students feel as if they do have a voice and they seem realistic about the problems facing our countries and yet, they remain very optimistic that President Obama has the power to rally the nation.
Peace (in student voices),
These are wonderful — thank you all for your viewpoints. They are very well expressed and interesting to listen to. I will try to bring them to the attention of others participating in L2P.
Elyse at the NWP