Meet our newest PenPal Star: Connor from Iowa! He recently collaborated with students in A World of Food to learn about different delicious foods from around the world. In this project based learning example, Connor created a cookbook with recipes around the world and used descriptive writing to share his favorite restaurants from his hometown:
Breakfast: An amazing breakfast place that is only local is “The Rock and Anchor Grille” They don't have their own dish but they have a dish that's amazing. Their pancakes. The small pancakes are as big as the plate, When I ate mine I could not finish it. I had leftovers. It is popular because of the good food.
Lunch: “Marco’s Pizza” is More than a normal pizza joint. They have really amazing pizza that is only local. The pizza is fatter and there is more pizza on it. You don't only have to get pizza either, you could also get salad. It is very popular because it is very good.
Dinner: My Nana makes the best Chilly. It always taste good and I always get a second bowl of it. She goes through hard work for the chilly that she makes. Every dish she makes, she works hard on. It’s very popular in our home because it is amazing.
Connor was excited to be featured this week as a PenPal Star. His work stands out because of his strong, descriptive writing. Descriptive writing is when authors describe a person, place, or thing in a way that creates images in their readers’ minds. By using language like “the small pancakes are as big as the plate,” Connor is able to paint a picture in our minds of what the food looks like!
We reached out to Connor to learn more about his experience with PenPal Schools:
PENPAL SCHOOLS: What has been your favorite thing about learning with PenPals?
Connor: [My favorite thing has been] learning about new foods and new people.
What was the most important lesson you learned in this project?
Teamwork. Working with other people. I usually go solo but this was great.
Tell us about the final project you decided to publish in the showcase! What did you choose to create, and why? How did you come up with that idea?
I chose to make a cookbook of soups across the whole world since I love soup.
How has your project changed the way you think about the world?
It changed the perspective I had on food and meals across the globe. [I learned about] the foods and meals they eat.
Why do you think it's important to learn with other students from around the world?
Because we can learn more things from them and become smarter.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Japan. I love the atmosphere and the respect they have. Also their food is awesome!
What do you like to do after school or for fun? Are you in any clubs or activities?
I used to be in a few clubs but right now I'm going to try out for the drama club since it has always been a dream of mine.
What advice do you have about being a great PenPal?
Work hard and put in the effort. Strive for your goal.
Congratulations Connor! Thank you for being a great PenPal Star and sharing your advice and delicious recipes with other students. We wish you luck in fulfilling all of your dreams!
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