Pen Pal Letters as Mini Movies
As the culminating project for our year long Pen Pal Project, students in grades 2 through 5 animated their final letters using the computer program iMovie. The process involved students writing a traditional letter using the writing process of pre-writing, drafting, editing and revising. As a final step, we envisioned our letters as movies and gathered photos from the Internet. We looked up photos using keywords from our letters and decided which ones would best convey the ideas in our letters. Finally, we narrated our letters matching our voices to the appropriate pictures. We then used our student created rubric to assess ourselves.
This was our first attempt at this in our ESL class. We learned a lot along the way!
Check out our individual iMovie letters. First up is our letters to the students in Ms. Avelluto’s class at P.S. 131 in Brooklyn. Ms. Avelluto, please have your students write a quick comment to their pal using the comment feature! Enjoy!