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Playlist of My Year: An End-of-the-Year Writing Assignment Digital & Print

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7th - 11th
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May can be a trying month for secondary teachers. This engaging end-of-the-year writing activity is an excellent way to keep students writing without having to take home stacks of research papers to grade when the weather is beautiful!

With this Playlist of My Year resource, students will reflect on their school year, examine their growth, identify defining moments and experiences, and choose songs that relate to each of them. Through both short responses consisting of a few sentences and an extended paragraph, students will practice the writing skills you have taught them all year in an engaging, student-centered, non-intimidating manner.

This playlist of my year product contains:

1. An instruction page (EDITABLE in Google slides format)

2. A two-page playlist graphic organizer with room for students to write or type about why they have chosen each song. Also, in each song explanation, students are encouraged to demonstrate proficiency of a common writing skill (like using a semicolon correctly).

3. A rubric for the 8-song playlist (quick to assess, easy to use with both a PDF and EDITABLE Google slides version)

4. An extended response expository prompt scaffolded to eliminate confusion

5. An example extended response you can share with students

6. An editable rubric (in Google Slides format) for the extended response that will save you time

Playlist of my year is excellent writing practice for many situations. It would work for either individual students, partners, or small groups. You could use it after a test, on a day when you have extra time, for extra credit, or on a day you have scheduled a substitute. Have students present their answers to the class for quick assessment.


With a recent update, this resource is now FULLY included in GOOGLE SLIDES, which makes it ideal for 1:1 classrooms and distance learning. Additionally, the verbiage has changed a little so that you can use it any time of year...not just at the end!

I hope your students enjoy this reflective end of the year writing activity that allows them to express themselves through a creative outlet: MUSIC!

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Total Pages
7 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented (e.g., articulating implications or the significance of the topic).
Use appropriate and varied transitions to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among complex ideas and concepts.
Develop the topic with well-chosen, relevant, and sufficient facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic.


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