Help your students to feel excited about the new school year and think about their goals for the year with this fun get-to-know and informal goal-setting you activity.
Students will choose a quote, either from the given list or from independent research. This is a great opportunity to briefly introduce/remind students about figurative language, and to preassess their reading comprehension and written communication skills at the beginning of the year. Because the quotes vary in their level of abstract thinking, students self-differentiate and the activity is accessible across a wide range of abilities.
I usually use this activity as an opportunity to practice basic procedures, such as passing out materials and reading directions before asking for help. The production of the card itself, the final product, can be used as a sponge activity over the course of the first few days. I always find a spot on the wall outside the classroom to display them for the entire the year. Even better is to get the entire grade level to participate, and share the inspiration!
It is also a great lesson to introduce rubrics. The one I use for this activity is simple and easy to understand. It is vague enough that you can use it for most grade levels and it is quick to grade. Simply cut the quarter sheets and staple one to each worksheet. To extend the rubric-reading lesson even farther, you can teach the students to grade themselves and your grading time is diminished to seconds for each one.
Included in this activity are:
Instructions and suggestions
Common Core ELA Standards and Virginia Standards of Learning
2 pages of quotes
3 levels of scaffolded card templates:
*lined with sentence stems