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!