Kelly Dillon, communication arts teacher at West High, is venturing into an authentic audience project, and she’s looking for some help. Kelly has set up a blog which will be collecting student letters to President Barak Obama in an effort to promote civic involvement among kids. You can check out an example letter at dmpstudent.blogspot.com.
If your students have been working on public service announcement projects, research papers centered on American society, or discussing the intersection of government and daily life, you might seriously consider participating by asking students to summarize their work in persuasive letters to the Commander in Chief.
If, as the Common Core Standards suggest, “argument is the soul of an education“, projects like Kelly’s offer opportunities for students to express their understandings in a way that not only impacts their own development but the development of the world around them as well.