A monthly exchange of letters from 165 seventh graders in an arts school in Charleston, South Carolina to similar classrooms in 16 countries around the world proved to be the writing project that captured every state writing standard all at once -- brainstorming, writing, collaboration, analysis, proofreading, and re-writing. This one activity was the highlight of the year for each student as letters and gifts poured in from every continent September to June. This was truly a teacher's dream come true.

Author Biography

English and social studies teacher in Williamsburg, Virginia and Charleston, South Carolina; Social Studies, Foreign Language, and ESOL Team Associate in the Charleston County School District (85 urban, suburban, and rural schools); author of 5 books and dozens of journal articles including the Virginia English Bulletin Spring 1989; countless awards for teaching and writing; conference speaker.