Steal this project (because I stole it too):
The freshmen teachers are doing a “world’s fair” project in which each kid picks a country to research and present to the class using digital media and “cultural flair” (art, food, costume, dance). They wrote directly to countries’ embassies and consulates listed on the Secretary of State’s website asking for information—maps, booklets, brochures…anything. We went over business letter format and each kid wrote a letter personally requesting the info.
I had my speech students jump in on this too, and within a week of mailing their letters, kids were getting massive envelopes of information back (Finland was very generous). It was really cool to see what they were getting—they were legitimately jazzed. Here a couple weeks, hopefully all/most of the kids will have the information they need from their embassies and they’ll craft presentations from the information they received.
- Things ive learned from watching game of thrones: do not attend weddings