Each year I use this quick imaginative writing activity to engage my students right away. They walk into the room to find this sheet and a newly sharpened pencil (or two!) on their desks. After a few moments of greeting, the students settle in and a calm quiet falls over the classroom. (I'm not kidding! It happens every year!)
This short writing activity is an easy piece to use to cover the basics of pair+share, and presenting to a small group or the class.