First Day of School - ELA activity and homework - "Selfie", interview, key

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This is a two worksheet bundle for the first day of school, ELA activity:

Activity 1 - "Dear Future Selfie":
Middle School students LOVE taking selfies! Use this activity as a fun ice breaker to begin the school year!

This product is a one page handout to use on the first day of school. I use it with middle school, but it truly could be used in upper elementary as well.

Basically, the students follow a "form" letter and write to themselves. The letter contains their current likes and allows them to set goals for the school year. I like to collect them and return them at the end of the school year.

There are a few ways to use this, first is just simply distribute the worksheet and use it as a class activity (probably about 15 minutes). Second would be to assign the letter as a creative project. Students would have to import a "selfie" of themselves and complete the questions. Lastly, the teacher could upload the document to a "edmodo.com" type of website. Then the students, on their own computer, could complete the activity in class. You would need access to desktop computers and a camera for this.
This is a great way to get your students thinking about the upcoming year and allows you to get to know them.

The PDF includes a simple 2 point rubric to total a 20 point assignment. The rubric checks for completion of each line, spelling, capitalization, punctuation, "selfie" and creativity.

Activity 2: Homework - ELA in the Real World
I LOVE to shock my students and give them a homework assignment on the first day of school! They are always surprised and excited to get started with the school year.

Well, the purpose of this assignment is for students to find purpose in their learning. I teach middle school ELA and every year I am asked, "Why do we have to learn English when we already know how to speak it?" This homework assignment is my answer.

The students need to interview an adult on how they use reading, writing, listening, and speaking in their daily lives. I assign this on the first day of school and we make a large classroom chart with their results on the second day of school.

Ultimately, it provides the students with a purpose and relevancy for the subject and motivates them for the upcoming school year. I hope this colorful, visually appealing assignment is helpful to you!
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