National Writing Project

Directions for Teachers Participating in Letters to the Next President: Writing Our Future


Below is an overview of the process for participating in the NWP-Google sponsored project, Letters to the Next President: Writing Our Future. Here you will find step-by-step directions and support for using Google Docs specifically for this project.

Step 1: Introduce Your Students to Google Docs (PDF)

This guide walks you and your students through the process of exploring and using Google Docs.

Note: You may want to skip this step if you and your students are already familiar with Google Docs.

Step 2: Set Up a Document for Each of Your Students (PDF)

This PDF walks you through the steps to create a Google Docs document for each of your students using the special project submission template. You can also view the steps in action in the video below.

Step 3: Write and Publish the Persuasive Pieces (PDF)

This guide shows how students use Google Docs during the writing process to compose their persuasive pieces and walks you through the process for publishing your students' documents. Documents must be published using the project submission template in Google Docs before they can be made visible on the Letters to the Next President: Writing Our Future website.

Note: See our Resources for Teaching About the Presidential Election and Resources for Teaching Persuasive Writing for additional ideas and support.

Step 4: Submit Pieces that will be Posted to the Public Website (PDF)

Registered participants are now able to log in to the Letters to the Next President: Writing Our Future Teacher Submission Tool using your Google Account information. Once you do so, further directions will help you manage your students' pieces that were published using the special project submission template described in Step 2. Your students' work that is submitted for posting will be made visible once the website is open to the public on October 1.

Note: Although you are now able to log in to the Letters to the Next President: Writing Our Future Teacher Submission Tool to submit your students' writing for posting, you will not be able to view the homepage of the public site until October 1. You will, however, be able to see a preview of what your students' writing will look like once it's posted by you.

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