This is an awesome activity to use the first week of school! I use this worksheet with my Senior English class, but it could be used with any subject area. I have students search online for syllabi from various college websites (or I print off some for them), and the students read them carefully to answer the questions on the worksheet. It helps them get a good idea of how the skills they learn in Senior English will help them in college.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term or terms over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).