Centre Students Exchange Letters With Queens Students

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Centre Avenue students in Caitlin Castellano’s ENL class are thrilled to be exchanging mail with their new pen pals who live in Queens. The students are learning about Queens and what makes life living in the city different from living in a suburban community.

The letter exchange began after Ms. Castellano connected with an ENL teacher from PS 330Q in Corona, Queens, through an online teaching forum. The pair thought it would be a great way for students to work on their reading and writing skills. Centre Avenue students have begun a persuasive writing unit and the ENL students are now writing a letter persuading their pen pals to read their favorite book. Later on in the year, they plan on incorporating technology skills, such as corresponding through email and then through video.