Yesterday I held a civics lesson for my 10th grade advisory students where I teach on the "Power of the President". I was given some materials by a colleague to use, including a cute little video on "brain pop" and some other items for discussion.
One thing I had the students do was write a letter to President Obama. First I gave them the entire transcript of his speech for reference. Happily, most of them had watched his inaugural speech already. The prompts I gave them included:
"I like it when you said…." and "I wish you would have said….". It was a great exercise in civic engagement. Some students finished their letters but others really wanted more time to do a thorough job, so I anticipate more coming in to me today. We will send them in separate envelopes and await replies.
I will share some of those letters here over the weekend.