To the Teacher:
This assignment was originally intended to be used on opening day or at the beginning of the school year to get an idea of students writing levels. After a while I realized that it is the perfect portfolio starter; students share their past experiences with writing in all areas of their lives and, through the use of portfolios, they are able to see how they have personally worked through those issues after having written a number of essays during the year and completing a culminating reflection piece. Whether this lesson is used as a portfolio starter or not, it still serves in gathering information on students.
This Lesson Plan Includes:
1. Instruction page to be copied for students;
2. Scoring Rubric.
Standards Addressed in this Lesson:
Duration: One class period/One hour
Grade Level: 9-12