This is an individual behavior lesson on respect for upper elementary students. Instead of the teacher repeatedly having to remind a student to behave respectfully, this lesson transfer the action to the student. The student is required to complete this assignment, which reminds them of the appropriate and expected behavior. Parents are then asked to sign the assignment. I usually take any of the behavior lessons, whole punch then and file them in my accountability log (great documentation for conferences and parent meetings). This also allows me to see which areas to focus on when creating an individualized behavior contract.
I used this assignment after I had a note from a sub saying that the class was one of the worst ones she had ever subbed for. I addressed them individually at the door and told them they needed to sit down silently and get out a piece of paper. After I lectured them about how disappointed and upset I was, they copied the entire essay during class and all I heard was the sound of their pencils moving across the paper. SUCH A BEAUTIFUL SOUND! This was exactly what they needed.
I'm going to keep copies of it around for the individuals who need extra "reminders" of what respect is.