Using Pen Pals in the Classroom to Motivate Reluctant Writers


  • Rachel Hendrickson Texas State University
  • Katie Peterson-Hernandez Texas State University




This article showcases a study of focused interactive pen pals and the influence on writing abilities and behaviors in a third-grade classroom. This approach to incorporating pen pals during writing instruction provided students the opportunity to engage in authentic reading and writing. Implementation of the letter exchange shows students’ letters demonstrated (a) growth in writing ability with mirroring letter structures and increased length, (b) changes in attitude towards writing, and (c) progress in reading abilities. Overall, this study reports on how pen pals can be incorporated into the literacy classroom for engagement and motivational interest.


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