First Day Reader-Writer Survey

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7th, 8th, 9th
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As an 8th grade LA teacher, I use this inventory sheet on the first day of school every year. In addition to the instructions on the page, I explain to the students that I don’t want them responding to the questions with an answer for which they think I am looking, but that I truly do want them to be honest even if they feel like they hate reading and/or writing. Annually, I am astonished by their reactions. I see smiles and can sense a physical release of tension. Before students begin to fill out the sheet, I project my own responses on the Smartboard so my students can learn about me as a reader and writer. Of course, they are most interested in the last question, “Tell me something interesting about yourself.” (In case you’re interested, I have chickens!) While most students share interesting or entertaining information about themselves in response to this final question, more often than expected, students have shared significant personal information that has triggered counseling intervention. At the end of the year, I return the survey sheets to my students who are often entertained by their own responses and even at times admit that they have become Language Arts “converts.” I find this survey more revealing than standardized test scores or previous years' grades or report card comments. I wouldn't think of beginning a year in my LA classroom without it.
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First Day Reader-Writer Survey
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