As a student, history was never a subject I enjoyed. In fact, I think I barely passed most of my middle school and high school history classes. (Shocking, I know!) What I know now is that had I been taught history the way we teach history now (at least at my school) I would have been way more engaged!
The opening element of all BrainPop movies is the same - a letter from "a friend" to Tim and Moby. When you make your own BrainPop, it's no different. Because the students have spent so much time researching, they wrote their own letters, instead of answering one of the pre-written letters supplied. Their letters probe into the topic they wrote about:
After they completed their letters, we used the computer voice (hey, BrainPop, when are we getting Tim and Annie's voices as options to use?!) to read the letter. By using the computer voice, the kids writing has to be free from errors - that means capital letters and punctuation must be in proper place.