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Letters to the Next President: Writing Our Future

During the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, Google and the National Writing Project teamed up to create Letters to the Next President: Writing Our Future.

The project offered middle and high school teachers an opportunity to channel student interest in the 2008 Presidential Election into writing for real audiences and purposes, and the project provided a national online reading and writing opportunity for students age 13–18. Letters to the Next President: Writing Our Future also introduced students to Google Docs, an online writing and editing tool that allowed students to compose pieces for publication on the Internet.

Visitors to the website can read writing by students encouraging the candidates to give attention to the issues that students feel are central to their future. Topics were chosen by the students themselves to reflect their specific personal, regional, and age-related interests, and teachers supported student writing and publishing in a way that most directly fit their local curricula and educational goals.

We invite you to read the letters that are as relevant now as they were in 2008.



Find out more about how to get involved in future Writing Our Future projects.

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