During the novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Melinda gives herself a grade in her classes and other areas such as attitude and social life at the end of each grading period. This worksheet has students think seriously about many of those same aspects in their own lives and grade themselves. Discussion should follow assignment - and possibly a tally of what kinds of grades students reported. A fun and thought-provoking way to get students to make a personal connection to the novel.
I loved the concept of this lesson, and found it useful as a reference tool as well, when comparing the book to the movie.
June 9, 2012
Great reflective thinking assignment.
May 3, 2012
This is sure to promote reflective thinking.
August 22, 2009
I think the novel "Speak" is an excellent book for high school girls (and boys for that matter). I have not used the report card assignment yet so I cannot attest to its effectiveness, but I think it is an good way to get students to think about their own behaviors. I would probably add a summarizing paragraph at the end to make it a little more effective.