First Day Of School Writing Activity For High School

Grade Levels
9th - 11th
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7 pages
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This first-day-of-school-writing-activity for high school students is an outstanding way to start the school year. The resource includes two options: an autobiographical writing prompt and a hands-on creative writing prompt. Whichever you choose, this will give you a chance to get a snapshot of your students' writing abilities from the very first day of school.

A detailed lesson plan is included with tips on how to gauge your students writing though this assignment. This is better than a diagnostic writing or grammar assessment because it's more engaging and allows for a fuller picture or your students' strengths and weaknesses.

Set the tone that writing is important in your class by using one of these first-day-of-school writing activities and get to know your students at the same time.

How this engages your students:

  • It allows them to either tell you who they are right at the beginning or
  • It allows them to be creative and have a hands-on, low-stakes lesson on the first day

I used these first-day-of school activities for over 10 years and never found anything better!

Total Pages
7 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.


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