To get students engaged in reading each other's essays and work, I also taught them about QR codes. Each student found a video clip that was no more than 3-5 minutes to entice the reader to further investigate. For example, a student who wrote about Jim Henson found a video clip of Kermit the Frog singing Rainbow Connection. Another who wrote about Pele, found a clip of the Top Ten Goals scored by this famous soccer player.
We created the Lapbooks, and drew pictures of our famous person on the front. Next we glued the QR code to the front. On the inside of the books, we included the essay, Ipod songs and Kindle books.
On the last full day before break we lined all of our projects up in the long hallway outside of our classroom, then students spread out and spent our 80 minute ELA periods reading and listening about these Famous people.
Our technology director for the district even came down and participated. I did a short video of one of my students explaining the project, and he even put it up on our district webpage! Yay to my Smarties!