This PowerPoint and handout bundle serves to introduce students to specific classroom rules and expectations, a fun classroom dictionary entry introduction activity with partner interviews, poem analysis, and a short summer memoir snapshot writing assignment.
After introducing the class rules and expectations, students meet with a partner and write their name as if it were a dictionary entry. This assignment is a great ice breaker that allows for students to introduce themselves while highlighting their talents and interests.
(6 - 8 mins.)
Next, the partner interview requires that students use 10 questions to interview their partners. Students are told to write down the three most interesting questions and answers from the interview (these are often hypotheticals) to share with the class (Interview partner = 5 mins.) (Sharing with class 10 -15 mins.).
Upon completion of the partner interviews, students are told they must learn the, “Show, Don’t Tell” method of writing in order to complete their first classroom assignment. Students then apply the method with a guided reading of “Where I’m From,” by George Ella Lyon as they scan for good imagery and descriptive writing (15-20 minutes).
Students finish class by using the rubric to write a poem emulating, “Where I’m From.” In addition, students write a page and a half memoir snapshot about one of their most vivid memories due at the end of the week.