I often give this assignment during the final week before Christmas Break. This is the final week before a holiday break for many schools.
For this final week, I encourage you to invite students to practice writing by having them reflect and set goals for the new year ahead. Students usually focus on setting personal goals for this assignment. They want to make better grades, eat healthier, or exercise more. However, I push students to think outside of their own personal goals. I challenge them to not only set objectives for personal growth, but also consider goals for their family, community, and the world. This helps them reflect on ways they can positively impact others.